Senator John Fetterman has offered to dress his age.
All House Republicans – “jagoffs,” as the 54-year-old called them Wednesday – have to do is avoid a partial government shutdown before Sept. 30 and support additional aid to Ukraine.
“If those idiots in the House stop trying to shut down our government and fully support Ukraine, then I will save democracy by wearing a suit in the Senate next week,” Fetterman (D-Pa.) posted on X, formerly Twitter. .
Fetterman has been at the center of a sartorial furor since Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) ordered the House sergeant at arms to stop enforcing the dress code requiring coats and ties. for male senators in the plenary session.
That change, derisively dubbed by critics the “Fetterman Rule,” means the formal requirement now only applies to male staff.
Around the time Fetterman’s statement was released Wednesday, he was presiding over the Senate while wearing shorts and a short-sleeved button-down shirt.
If those idiots in the House stop trying to shut down our government and fully support Ukraine, then I will save democracy by wearing a suit in the Senate next week.
— Senator John Fetterman (@SenFettermanPA) September 20, 2023
Since returning to the Senate after a six-week hiatus due to treatment for clinical depression, Fetterman has made almost no attempt to comply with the old dress code, yelling “Yes” or “No” from outside the chamber of the Senate in deference to the former. rules.
A stream of Republicans in Congress, including virtually the entire Senate Republican conference in a Tuesday letter to Schumer, criticized the change, saying it “degrades” the institution.
Fetterman speaking to reporters at the Capitol building while wearing shorts on Sept. 19, 2023. AP Photo/J. Scott Apple White
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), for example, joked this week about wearing a bikini to vote.
Meanwhile, House Republicans are embroiled in a bitter dispute over how to keep the government running beyond the end of this month.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has a four-seat majority and faces about a dozen defections as he tries to advance a stopgap spending bill in the chamber.
Senator John Fetterman promised to wear a suit on the Senate floor if the House of Representatives avoids a government shutdown and supports aid to Ukraine.AP Photo/J. Scott Apple White
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer ordered the chamber’s sergeant-at-arms to stop enforcing the dress code.REUTERS/Julia Nikhinson
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is trying to pass a stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Many hardline Republicans have also opposed the Biden administration’s request to approve more than $20 billion in additional aid to Ukraine.