Congress Can Say Merry Christmas

Everyone breathe easy: mail from your representative Congress in Congress can say “Merry Christmas”.

In an announcement Wednesday, House Administration Committee Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., wrote:

“I am pleased to announce 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. ”

Campaign notices and other “unofficial” mailing to constituents are not regulated. But official correspondence is. So this change is kind of a big deal.

We predict that there is some potential here for problems. Someone is going to get their dander up when someone says “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. Or, even if they continue to say nothing at all.

Unfortunately, in these instances, whoever the sender is just cannot win.

Forget what we just said about breathing easy.

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