Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, joked Monday that she would “wear a bikini” on the ground of the Senate following Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s, D-N.Y., directive that the physique would now not implement a dress code for its members.
Her feedback have been first reported by an NBC News reporter, however have been confirmed by Fox News Digital. Collins made the feedback while slamming the dress code directive, arguing it “debases the institution,” which nonetheless requires others getting into the chamber to adjust to the dress code, together with coats and ties for males, and enterprise apparel for ladies.
“Obviously, I’m not going to wear a bikini,” Collins mentioned. “But the fact is, as I understand it, I could!”
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Fox News Digital confirmed the dress code changes on Sunday after Schumer secretly despatched the directive to the Senate’s sergeant at arms.
The change will permit Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., to proceed sporting his trademark hoodies and health club shorts he’s usually seen sporting round Capitol Hill after getting back from a six-week hospitalization for despair earlier this 12 months.
He had beforehand discovered a workaround to the legislative physique’s dress code guidelines by voting from the doorway of the Democrat cloakroom or the aspect entrance, ensuring his vote is recorded earlier than ducking out.
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Fetterman was blasted by conservatives following the change, with some suggesting the transfer was made to appease him.
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Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Timothy H.J. Nerozzi and Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.