House policy change now allows holiday greetings

Members of Congress are now allowed to get a little more in the holiday spirit. Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, says lawmakers can now use holiday greetings in their messages to constituents.

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The change in policy is an about-face for the House, which until now was banned from using any form of holiday-related greeting. A statement from Miller says, effective immediately, the “incidental use of holiday greetings in constituent communications” will be permitted.

The congresswoman writes, “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.”