Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, joked Monday that she would “wear a bikini” on the flooring 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, in accordance to an NBC News reporter.
The reporter stated that Collins made the feedback while slamming the 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 reportedly stated. “But the fact is, as I understand it, I could!”
Fox has reached out to Collins’ workplace for remark.
Fox News Digital confirmed the dress code adjustments 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 gymnasium shorts he’s typically seen sporting round Capitol Hill after getting back from a six-week hospitalization for depression earlier this yr.
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.
Fetterman was blasted by conservatives following the change, with some suggesting the transfer was made to appease him.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Timothy H.J. Nerozzi and Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.