Mainstream media reporters are irritated with implemented dress codes that are dictating what they can and cannot wear while covering White House matters.
The outrage came after CBS News recently published a report about a female Capitol Hill reporter who was told that she could not enter the House Speaker’s Lobby because she was wearing a sleeveless dress.
As the story goes, the female journalist attempted to circumvent the rule by ripping out pages of her notebook and trying to create makeshift sleeves, but when that didn’t pass, she ultimately had to give up and go home.
Located in a room adjacent to the front of the House chamber, the Speaker’s lobby is where reporters can briefly interview lawmakers, but there is a dress code: Men are expected to wear suit jackets and ties in the House chamber and Speaker’s lobby, and they must not wear overcoats and hats while the House is in session. Women must not wear sleeveless blouses or dresses, sneakers or open-toed shoes.
These rules are not enforced in the Senate.
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin recently went over the rules in an announcement, stating, “Members should periodically rededicate themselves to the core principles of proper parliamentary practice that are so essential to maintaining order and deliberacy here in the House. Members should wear appropriate business attire.”
On social media sites, Ryan is being accused of taking the Hill back to the Nineteenth Century. However, such rules have been in effect long before the man was even born.
House rules state lawmakers must “dress appropriately, which has traditionally been considered to include a coat and tie for male members and appropriate attire for female members.”
“Don’t hang this on @SpeakerRyan I’ve covered Congress & have seen women and men incl (members) booted for breaking the dress code,” National Press Club President Jeff Ballou tweeted Friday.
NBC News’ congressional reporter Kasie Hunt tweeted out, “This is simply wrong. The Speakers’ Lobby dress code has been this way for decades. Can be argued it should change — but let’s be factual,” and “As long as I’ve worked on the Hill (on and off for 10+ years), it’s been enforced. Including when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker.”
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