Members of the U.S. Senate have always had a dress code.

There are reasons for this, just like there are rules set in place for home members to act and speak to each other.

Disagreement is allowed, but the Senate is to be a place of civility.

It must be if we are to come together as a nation and discuss the business of our Republic.

Senator John Fetterman has been allowed to show up wearing a hoodie and shorts, while everyone else follows the dress code.

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Slacking the dress was done by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. This new code has been called "The Fetterman Rule."

Recently Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis was asked what she thinks about allowing Fetterman on the floor of the Senate and to important meetings, dressed as he is.

"When Senators are allowed to go on the Senate floor, dressed like slobs, it will degrade behavior," Senator Lummis said.

She had much more to say than that. You can watch her comments at this link. You'll find several statements by Senator Lummis throughout the video.

Changes were made because of Fetterman, then quietly reversed

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution late Wednesday formalizing business attire as the proper dress code while on the floor of the chamber following bipartisan backlash, after Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., quietly relaxed dress requirements last week that allowed Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., to continue to wear hooded sweatshirts and gym shorts. (Fox News).

The quiet rule change has been challenged by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah. The bill requires that members abide by a dress when on the Senate floor.

The new written rules include a coat, tie, and slacks for men

As for women, the resolution does not offer specifics.

Last Wednesday Mr. Schumer said that an official dress code is "the right path forward."

"Though we’ve never had an official dress code, the events over the past week have made us all feel as though formalizing one is the right path forward," Schumer said. "I deeply appreciate Senator Fetterman working with me to come to an agreement that we all find acceptable, and of course I appreciate Sen. Manchin and Sen. Romney's leadership on this issue." (Fox News).


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