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From suit and tie to ‘Anything Goes’: The Senate dress code has unraveled before

Apparently you can wear anything you now want in the U.S. Senate.

Smile or no smile – but with a caveat.

If you are a legislative aide, a parliamentarian, a clerk, or work for the sergeant-at-arms, you must still suit up to enter the Senate chamber.

But senators may dress however they’d like.


U.S. Sen. John Fetterman often wears casual clothing around the Capitol (Drew Angerer)

Perhaps the Broadway production of “Annie” and never being “fully dressed without a smile” isn’t the best musical to refer to in these circumstances. 

Maybe dial up some Cole Porter, instead. 

In the Senate these days, “Anything Goes.”

Chad Pergram currently serves as a senior congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in September 2007 and is based out of Washington, D.C.


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