Scott Rounds Up Nearly Every Republican Senator to Blast Schumer Dress Code Change

Scott Rounds Up Nearly Every Republican Senator to Blast Schumer Dress Code Change

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
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September 21, 2023

After freshman Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) presided over the Senate in shorts and a short-sleeve button-down shirt, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) led 45 of his colleagues to demand that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “restore decorum” in the upper chamber.

According to NBC News, Sen. Schumer changed the rules just days ago to allow Senators – like Sen. Fetterman – to wear casual attire on the floor.

Sen. Scott and his cohorts wrote that “the world watches us on that floor” and that “we must protect the sanctity of that place at all costs.”

“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 our positions require,” wrote Sen. Scott and his colleagues. “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 the policies which 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 watches us on that floor and we must protect the sanctity of that place at all costs.”

Finally, they would express their “supreme disappointment” and “resolute disapproval” of the rejection of the Senate dress code.

“Allowing casual clothing on the Senate floor disrespects the institution we serve and the American families we represent. We the undersigned members of the United States Senate write to express our supreme disappointment and resolute disapproval of your recent decision to abandon the Senate’s longstanding dress code for members, and urge you to immediately reverse this misguided action,” the senators concluded.

Of the 45 additional senators that signed the letter, notable names include Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Kennedy (R-LA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), JD Vance (R-OH), and Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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