Republicans lead the charge to update House Lobby dress code

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After feminist outcry, and ample complaints from journalists across D.C., House Speaker Paul Ryan has moved to change the dress code for the House Lobby.

Speaker Ryan said to “look for a change on that soon” and that the rules could “stand to be a bit modernized.”

The dress code came under fire specifically related to the rules regarding women, as it states that women cannot wear open-toe shoes and that any sort of tank top style is inappropriate. Speaker Ryan is receiving very little opposition to the rule change, making this one of a few bi-partisan issues that both sides can get behind.

Nancy Pelosi has voiced her support for the rule change, praising Speaker Ryan for his efforts in changing the rule. However, maybe she should have changed the rule when she was speaker, if it is as long-overdue as she says it is.

Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ) wore a sleeveless dress and open-toed shoes during an address last Wednesday. After making her remarks, she turned the attention to her attire, pointing out that she was dressed respectfully, despite breaking the dress code.

This clearly isn’t an issue of party-politics, but instead common sense. Most everyone will agree that the dress code is outdated. It’s nice to see conservatives leading the fight for “progress” on this issue of attire.


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