House lifts ban on sending holiday greetings to constituents

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Three holiday cheers for the new policy that allows members of the House of Representatives to wish their constituents a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas.

Chairman of the Committee on House Administration and the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (Franking Commission) Candice Miller, R-Mich., announced Wednesday that the ban on Congressional members wishing constituents any form of holiday greeting had been lifted, and that, “effective immediately, Members of the House may include holiday greetings in their communications to constituents.”

“In the past, including any form of a holiday greeting was banned.  While still prohibiting the misuse of official funds, this new commonsense policy allows Members to share their holiday wishes with constituents in otherwise official communications.  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,” Miller wrote in a statement published on her website.

According to Miller, the Franking Commission ensures that taxpayer-funded communications from House members to their constituents are appropriate, so, for example, representatives will not be sending taxpayer-funded Christmas cards out during the holidays.

In a short, explanatory video on the “new House holiday greeting policy, Miller said:

Since we begin every session of congress with a prayer, and ‘In God We Trust’ is stamped, in stone actually, above the Speaker’s chair at the front of the chamber of the House of Representatives, I just could never understand why such a greeting would not be allowed in communication with my constituents.

Watch Miller explain the interesting, new rule here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyF19YmfKQc&list=PL9B6FF5F77A2AEF3D#t=47

H/T: The Daily Caller

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