Sep 20 2023

Graham to Schumer: Maintain Senate Dress Code

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has signed onto a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) expressing “supreme disappointment and resolute disapproval” about the decision to rescind the long-standing Senate dress code.

“The Senate is a place of honor and tradition, and the Senate floor is where we conduct the business of the American people,” wrote Graham.  “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.

“Allowing casual clothing on the Senate floor disrespects the institution we serve and the American families we represent,” continued Graham. “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 letter was circulated by Senator Rick Scott (R-Florida). The full text of this letter is available HERE.