According to The House, it is “inappropriate” for females (journalists, members, or otherwise) to wear anything sleeveless.
Apparently the journalist tried to use paper from her notebook to create makeshift sleeves, but she was still denied entry. Smh.
Just last month, Paul Ryan reiterated the “core principles of proper parliamentary practice” by saying:
“Members should wear appropriate business attire during all sittings of the House however brief their appearance on the floor may be.”
It’s important to note that the rule not allowing women to wear sleeveless blouses or dresses, sneakers, or open-toed shoes is NOT enforced in Senate.
IJR reporter Haley Byrd remembered when she was also kicked out of the day the House voted on the Republican healthcare bill:
“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. I suspect the rules are being emphasized now that it’s summertime and excruciatingly hot outside and everyone is dressing for the weather.”
Guys are expected to wear suit jackets and ties — and if you forget yours, there’s another option:
Women have since confirmed the strictness of the unspoken rule:
This is real. Fellow female reporters barred from Speaker’s lobby for wearing sleeveless dresses while doing their jobs. (It’s hot in DC) ? https://t.co/8evY6wQmA8
— K Tully McManus (@ktullymcmanus) July 6, 2017