Paul Ryan Suddenly an Expert on Women’s Fashion

By on July 14, 2017
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Paul Ryan is enforcing a ridiculous dress code for women in his lobby

Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) touched on the topic of the dress code in the Speaker’s Lobby. This lobby is where journalists and others often mingle with Congressional members for interviews. There is apparently and unwritten dress code for those who want to enter the room.

“Decorum is important, especially for this institution. And a dress code in the chamber and the lobby makes sense, but we also don’t need to bar otherwise accepted contemporary business attire,” Ryan said. “So look for a change on that soon.”

Haley Byrd is a female reporter for the Independent Journal Review. Wearing a sleeveless dress led to officials asking her to leave.

“When I was kicked out that day, I was just trying to pass through the area to reach another hallway. But I was told I was violating the rules. They offered to find a sweater for me to put on. So it wasn’t some tyrannical end of free press. But I opted to just go around instead. But recently they’ve been cracking down on the code, like with open-toed shoes,” said Byrd.

In late June, Ryan addressed the House with a “refresher” message. He told the members to wear appropriate work clothing.

Men get it pretty easy. Their only requirement is that they wear jackets and ties. There are more stringent rules for women. Some are alleging that there is selective enforcement. Chamber security has “discretion” on how they choose to interpret the code.

Ryan says he is going to examine the code in further detail and perhaps issue changes. It stands to wonder what guidelines he will follow in his assessment. Unless he fancies himself an expert on women’s fashion. Given the GOP’s recent policy of claiming authority on things it knows nothing about, that’s certainly possible.