Your Congressman Can Now Wish You a Merry Christmas

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 03: Guests attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on the West Front December 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. The second tallest tree ever used at the Capitol, the 88-foot Engelmann spruce is from the Colville National Forest in Washington state. The tree is decorated with approximately 5,000 ornaments, handcrafted by Washingtonians to reflect this year's theme, 'Sharing Washington's Good Nature,' and will be lit from dusk until 11p.m. starting today. 
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Elahe Izad
Dec. 4, 2013, 11:23 a.m.

War on Christ­mas? Not in the House, where mem­bers can now in­clude hol­i­day greet­ings in their con­stitu­ent com­mu­nic­a­tions.

This is a re­versal of pre­vi­ous policy, in which “any form of a hol­i­day greet­ing was banned,” House Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mit­tee Chair­man Can­dice Miller, R-Mich., said in a state­ment.

Miller an­nounced the change Wed­nes­day. “I feel it is en­tirely ap­pro­pri­ate for mem­bers of Con­gress to in­clude a simple hol­i­day sa­luta­tion, wheth­er it is Merry Christ­mas, Happy Ha­nukkah, and so on,” she said.

The ban had been in place since the 1970s, and it had been in­ten­ded to pre­vent the use of tax­pay­er dol­lars to send hol­i­day cards. Con­gress­men still can’t do that un­der the new rules—the change in policy al­lows for the in­cid­ent­al use of a hol­i­day greet­ing in an oth­er­wise of­fi­cial com­mu­nic­a­tion, but they still can’t use of­fi­cial funds for the sole pur­pose of wish­ing someone a Merry Christ­mas or any­thing of the sort.


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