He might have the unenviable task of providing the backbone to Republicans, after Mitch McConnell all but gave away the farm in the Senate, but John Boehner has more important things on his mind today than whether the TSA will have the money necessary to keep them in blue surgical gloves for the forseeable future.
John Boehner wants you – yes, you, newly elected member of Congress – to start looking like you belong here. He’s not naming names, but you know who you are, sweatpants afficionados.
During the final vote series of the day, Boehner reiterated the rules for proper behavior on the House floor. Boehner, who is known for ribbing lawmakers and reporters for their attire, has made reminding members of House rules a regular practice.
Many lawmakers frequently wear jeans or casual shoes to the House floor, particularly during the first vote series of the week that are usually close to dinnertime.
“Members should wear appropriate attire during all sittings of the House, however brief their appearances on the floor may be. You know who you are,” Boehner said to laughter.
He also reminded MOCs that they’re not supposed to be taking selfies on the House and Senate floor, that they shouldn’t be updating Facebook while waiting to vote, and that when the bell rings, it’s time to get their now-Armani-clad tushies to the voting floor. Boehner, for his part, did not address any other standards of appearance, such as whether Mystic Tanning should be kept to a minimum.
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