Hoodie in the House, Cleaver Tells Fox News, Enforce the Dress Code: ALL THE TIME

(Rep. Bobby Rush Speaking on the House floor in a hoodie)

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) plans to send House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a “friendly, hand-written” note to request that the chamber’s dress code be more strictly enforced, in light of his colleague Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) being removed from the House floor on Wednesday for wearing a hoodie.
Cleaver, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told Fox News Wednesday night that some members of the CBC believe Rush was treated unfairly when he was forced to leave the House floor for sporting a hooded sweater to bring attention to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, since it is fairly common practice for members of Congress to ignore the proper attire rules.
“Whenever rules are not enforced, you create the opportunity for somebody to believe they have been singled out,” Cleaver told Fox. “You see during late night votes, people stand in the back with jeans and no jackets and no ties.”
The Missouri Democrat added, “They need to know, we don’t care what the case is or what time of day it is. Those are the rules.”
Rush walked onto the House floor Wednesday wearing a gray hoodie and sunglasses to make a statement about the shooting of Martin, a black teenager who was killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Florida last month.
The congressman said he was escorted off the floor by someone from the Sergeant-At-Arms office after Speaker pro tempore Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) requested that proper dress rules be enforced.
Cleaver told Fox that he hoped Harper would have shown more flexibility with Rush. “The presider should have shown more deference,” he said. “You can put all kinds of motives behind a single action when you don’t enforce the rules.”

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