More Trouble For Reporters in D.C.

The Capitol Hill fashion police has started standing in the way of female reporters and staffers who dare to expose their shoulders in certain parts of the Capitol. According to a CBS News report, they frequently waylay female reporters and staffers who dare to expose their shoulders in certain parts of the Capitol. One female reporter told CBS that she was kept out of the Speaker's Lobby, a room outside the House chamber where reporters frequently conduct interviews, because her shoulders weren't covered: Another, from the Independent Journal Review told CBS she was kicked out of the room the day the House voted to pass its health-care bill because she was wearing a sleeveless dress. "It wasn't some tyrannical end of free press," she added. "Recently they've been cracking down on the code, like with open-toed shoes."

    New York magazine says there's no actual written dress code, so it's up to the officers tasked with enforcing the rules to decide what constitutes "proper attire as determined by the Speaker." Notable exceptions include First Ladies and First Daughters, who can (and do) bare their shoulders both in the Speaker's Lobby and in the chamber itself. But staffers and lawmakers are also expected to comply with the rules. They might not be allowed to show their shoulders, but hey, they'll always have seersucker.