In an interesting turn of events, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) has implemented relaxed expectations for the Senate dress code.
The new rules, or lack thereof, provide lawmakers with the opportunity to wear the clothing of their choice. The Senate usually wears formal clothing that could also be considered business attire. Suits, ties, dress shoes, skirts and dresses usually adorn the senators. However, for some, that may change in the upcoming meetings.
"Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor. I will continue to wear a suit," said Sen. Schumer.
The new clothing freedom is bringing a lot of attention toward Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman (D). Sen. Fetterman is known for his laidback, casual attire that includes hoodies and gym shorts. Many view his clothing choices as being down-to-earth, which some believe helped him connect with blue-collar workers in his state and possibly around the country.
The Sergeant at Arms is in charge of enforcing the now-removed rules and relaxed Senate dress code. However, not everyone is a fan of the clothing permits. For example, the new "policies" drew the ire of multiple Republican lawmakers such as Tennessee Senator Bill Haggerty (R).
In other news, former White House official and Trump ally Peter Navarro was recently found guilty of contempt of Congress.
The contempt charges stem from Navarro’s refusal to comply with the congressional investigation of the January 6 Capitol riot that resulted in a violent attack.
The former official’s verdict came after a judge found that his claims about an alleged stolen election were unsubstantiated and lacking evidence.
“Peter Navarro made a choice. He chose not to abide by the congressional subpoena,” prosecutor Elizabeth Aloi said.
Aloi stated that Navarro willingly chose to not cooperate with the investigation, based on his ties to the former president.
“The defendant chose allegiance to former President Donald Trump over compliance to the subpoena,” said Aloi.
Navarro stated that he would appeal the case which would eventually end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Navarro’s case is set for January 12, 2024. Each of his contempt of Congress charges could cause him to face up to a year in jail.