Republicans demand Schumer restore Senate dress code, say casual clothing ‘disrespects institution’

Republicans are calling on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to reinstate a dress code for members of the Senate, arguing that relaxing the rules “disrespects the institution.”

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and 45 of his Senate Republican colleagues wrote a letter to Schumer on Tuesday demanding that business attire be worn on the Senate floor following the New York Democrat’s recent order to Sgt. of weapons to stop enforcing the dress code for senators.

“The Senate floor is a special place. It’s not hard to show respect and dress like an adult,” Scott tweeted on Tuesday.

Previously, the Senate dress code required lawmakers to wear business attire, including coats and ties for men.

“For more than 230 years, the United States Senate has served the American people with honor and dignity. As members of this esteemed body, we understand the seriousness that our positions require,” the letter, headed by Scott, said.

Republicans are calling on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to reinstate a dress code for members of the Senate, arguing that relaxing the rules “disrespects the institution.” Graeme Sloan /Sipa USA

“The Senate is a place of honor and tradition, and the Senate floor is where we conduct the business of the American people. It is where we debate policies that impact every American family and, when necessary, it is where we must make the gravest decision imaginable: whether to send our fellow Americans into battle to defend the freedoms we all hold dear. “The world is watching us on that floor and we must protect the sanctity of that place at all costs.”

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“Allowing casual clothing on the Senate floor is disrespectful to the institution we serve and the American families we represent. “We, the undersigned members of the United States Senate… urge you to immediately reverse this misguided action,” the letter concludes.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Monday accused the Senate of eliminating the dress code to “appease” gym shorts and hoodie enthusiast Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.).

Rick ScottSen. Rick Scott wrote a letter to Schumer demanding that business attire be worn on the Senate floor following the New York Democrat’s recent order to the sergeant at arms to stop enforcing the dress code for senators. Getty Images

“It is shameful that the Senate no longer enforces a dress code for senators to appease Fetterman,” Greene posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“The dress code is one of the standards of society that establishes etiquette and respect for our institutions. Stop lowering the bar!

Fetterman responded to Greene, referencing her infamous display of X-rated photos of first son Hunter Biden during a House hearing in July.

John FettermanRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Monday accused the Senate of eliminating the dress code to “appease” Sen. John Fetterman, a sports shorts and hoodie enthusiast.Getty Images

“Fortunately, the nation’s House is governed by a stricter code of conduct: showing spectacular photographs in public hearings,” Fetterman said in a tweet.

The new dress code allows Fetterman and other Senate members to cast votes from the floor in casual attire, rather than shouting “Yes” or “No” from the chamber door, a loophole in the previous dress code.

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) joked Monday that because of the so-called “Fetterman Rule,” she will soon wear a swimsuit for Senate votes.

Chuck SchumerThe new dress code allows Fetterman and other Senate members to cast votes from the floor in casual attire, rather than shouting “Yes” or “No” from the chamber door, a loophole in the previous dress code. Getty Images

“I plan to wear a bikini tomorrow on the Senate floor and Chris Coons will wear shorts because there’s no dress code anymore,” Collins, 70, joked to reporters, referring to her fellow Democrat from Delaware.

“Obviously I’m not going to wear a bikini,” she later clarified.

“But the fact is, as I understand it, it could!”

Collins was among 46 senators who signed Tuesday’s letter to Schumer.

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