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Newsmax: Bipartisan Senate overturns Fetterman clothes role. Collins had threatened to wear a bikini

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) arrives to a weekly Senate Democratic policy luncheon meeting at the U.S. Capitol Building on September 19, 2023 in Washington, DC. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced yesterday that a dress code on the Senate floor will no longer be enforced. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Well what do you know.

Bipartisanship – much hyped in Washington but rarely if ever appearing – has made a notable appearance.

Here’s the headline from Newsmax: https://www.newsmax.com/politics/senate-dress-code-resolution/2023/09/28/id/1136202/

Senate Votes to End Fetterman Rule: Business Attire Is Back 

Newsmax reports:

“No shorts on the Senate floor.

The Senate voted Wednesday evening to reverse an informal guidance issued by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., last week that senators could wear what they want when voting or speaking in the chamber. The resolution, passed by voice vote with no objections, requires that ‘business attire be worn on the floor of the Senate, which for men shall include a coat, tie, and slacks or other long pants.’

It did not specify what women should wear. 

The bipartisan resolution by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, comes after backlash to Schumer’s announcement that staff for the chamber’s Sergeant-at-Arms would no longer enforce a dress code on the Senate floor. 

The guidance came as Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman has been unapologetically wearing shorts and sweatshirts around the Senate, voting from doorways so he didn’t walk on the chamber floor and get in trouble for his casual dress.

‘Though we’ve never had an official dress code, the events over the past week have made us all feel as though formalizing one is the right path forward,’ Schumer said Wednesday evening, as the resolution by Manchin and Romney passed. 

The majority leader’s original guidance last week was met with immediate pushback in the more formal Senate, with many lawmakers in both parties arguing that the Senate floor should have some standards for dress. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he was ‘concerned’ about it. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said that senators “ought to dress up to go to work.” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, jokingly declared she would wear a bikini to work the next day.”

Apparently none of her colleagues encouraged Collins to go for it.