The Senate’s dress code has been relaxed by Schumer, allowing hoodies and shorts to be worn in the chamber.

After an order from Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, senators are now allowed to forgo wearing suits and ties if they prefer, marking the end of the dress code in the formerly strict upper chamber.

Axios initially reported that he instructed the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms to cease the enforcement of the dress code, resulting in the alteration.

“I cannot reword”

Sen. John Fetterman, a Pennsylvania Democrat, has embraced a more relaxed dress code in the Senate, opting for gym shorts and hoodies instead of suits and ties. This change has been well-received by him.

In the past, Mr. Fetterman’s choice of clothing has sparked controversy. During a discussion on debt ceiling negotiations in May, he wore a white hoodie, gym shorts, and sneakers while his fellow Democratic senators were dressed in suits and ties.

“I cannot reword”

Only senators are affected by the change. Reporters and staff members are still required to adhere to the previous dress code, which mandates men to wear a coat and tie, and women to dress in business attire.

Previously, senators who did not adhere to the dress code were required to physically enter the chamber and cast their vote by either sticking their head or hands inside. However, now they have the freedom to attend dressed in any attire they prefer.

There has been uncertainty regarding the existence of an official dress code documented in Senate rules. Thus far, no evidence has been discovered.

Several members of Congress who disagreed with Mr. Schumer’s direction noticed the change.

“I cannot reword”

Former Representative Justin Amash, who identified as a Libertarian, expressed his strong disapproval of the change.

“If you are unable to dress appropriately for work in the Senate chamber of the United States, please find alternative employment. It is not a suitable place for personal activities such as exercising or treating it like your own home or a public park.”