Now a top DEMOCRAT rips new dress code for hoodie-loving John Fetterman: Chuck Schumer’s deputy says we need to have ‘standards’
- Majority Whip Richard Durbin said he would talk to Schumer about it
- He said the Senate ‘must act’ after the change
- Senator Joe Manchin is circulating a resolution to go back to the old rules
Some of Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s Democratic colleagues are now rejecting his decision to end the dress code that banned hoodies and shorts in the chamber, while a top member of the leadership questioned the move.
“We need standards,” said Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), as Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) bucked longstanding tradition and decorum by wearing his signature hoodie while addressing the Senate presided after the change. .
Durbin and Schumer, both longtime suit-wearing colleagues who are also roommates, appear to be at odds over the change.
“I think we should have standards when it comes to what we wear on the floor of the Senate,” Durbin told SiriusXM on his POTUS channel in a broadcast airing Friday.
“I don’t understand exactly what (Schumer) was thinking at that moment. “I want to give him the benefit of the doubt until I speak to him, but I think the Senate needs to do something about this.”
Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., walks through the Capitol wearing shorts on Thursday, September 21, 2023. Senior senators from both parties are complaining about a change that ended the Senate dress code, allowing him to wear a hoodie
“The senator in question from Pennsylvania is a personal friend, but I think we should have standards when it comes to what we wear on the floor of the Senate, and that’s something we’re currently discussing. what those standards will be,” he said, referring to Fetterman, who delivered a crucial victory for the Democratic majority and who has spoken about his struggles with depression and was treated this year for clinical depression.
Another influential senator, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, has circulated a resolution to return the status quo ante hoodie, De Heuvel reported.
A senator who signed it told the newspaper it would “determine what the dress code is.”
Republicans have also jumped on the proposal, and Senator Susan Collins of Maine joked: ‘I’m planning on wearing a bikini tomorrow.’
Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) challenged the policy change, saying ‘we need standards’
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, allowing Senator Fetterman to walk across the Senate floor without a coat and tie
A group of 46 Republicans condemned the change in a letter. “The Senate is a place of honor and tradition, and on the Senate floor we conduct the business of the American people. It is the place where we debate the policies that impact every American family, and where, if necessary, we must make the most serious decision imaginable: whether to send our fellow Americans into battle to defend the freedoms that are dear to all of us. The world is watching us on that floor and we must protect the sanctity of that place at all costs.”
Schumer made the change to allow Fetterman to spend more time on the floor in his attire, which often consists of a hoodie and shorts. Senators who do not wear formal attire typically cast their votes from the cloakrooms adjacent to the chamber without fully stepping onto the floor.
Fetterman ridiculed the uproar, telling the New York Times, “The Republicans think I’m going to burst through the doors and breakdance on the floor in shorts.”