(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Wednesday, Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) put out a statement noting that if it would help stop those in the House who were attempting to shut down the government he would wear a suit.
As he stated, if those “jagoffs in the House” stopped with their attempts to shut down the government and backed Ukraine completely then he would wear a suit next week. The Senator has become well known for his fashion choices as instead of a suit he has regularly been seen wearing hoodies and shorts. This week Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) loosed the dress code in the Senate to allow Senators to wear whatever they want on the Senate floor rather than having to show up in business attire.
In a statement to The Hill, Schumer had pointed out that under the new rules, Senators could wear what they wanted and that he was intending to continue wearing a suit. The change in the rules has widely been perceived to be connected to Fetterman, who has been voting from the back of the chamber in order to not be in violation of the dress code rules.
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) led forty-six senators who sent a letter to Schumer expressing their opposition to the dress code change. As they pointed out it was important for them to protect the Senate’s sanctity, and allowing casual clothing was disrespectful to both those they represent and the institution.
Opposition has not just come from the Republican party, as several Democrats including Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) who is Schumer’s No. 2 have also noted that they are not happy about the change.
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