WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. John Fetterman praised the pause on the Senate’s dress code for members, but some Republicans criticized the move, with one calling it an “embarrassment” to the American people.
“I feel it’s a little more freedom, which should be bipartisanship,” Fetterman, a Pennsylvania Democrat known for his relaxed attire, told Fox News. “I don’t know why the right side seems to be losing their minds over it.”
“I think it’s a good thing, but I’m going to use it sparingly,” he added while wearing a short-sleeve button down. “I hope other colleagues take advantage of it too.”
Sen. John Fetterman is known for his relaxed and comfortable attire. He says the Senate no longer enforcing a dress code for its members gives lawmakers more freedom. (Jon Michael Raasch/Fox News Digital)
But Sen. Cynthia Lummis disagreed.
“This is a terribly sad development for the U.S. Senate,” the Wyoming Republican said. “I’ve never seen civility enhanced or a sense of decorum enhanced by dressing like a slob.”
The Senate’s dress code appears to be more of an informal custom enforced by the Sergeant at Arms rather than an official policy, Axios reported.
“I’m actually going to go the other direction. I’m gonna ramp it up,” Lummis said. “I’m gonna dress more formally.”
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Ramiro Vargas contributed to the accompanying video.
Megan Myers is an associate producer/writer with Fox News Digital Originals.