House Democrat hopes Christmas season warms 'Scrooges in the House'

The annual tradition takes place this year amid fiscal-cliff talks, where Republicans and Democrats are facing off over allowing rates to rise on the "top 2 percent" of earners. No politics were scheduled for the holiday event, although Connolly's tweet mirrors Obama's recent rhetoric while urging Congress to act by passing the extension of current tax rates for everyone else. 

"Every family, everybody here, you'll see your taxes go up on Jan. 1. I'm assuming that doesn't sound too good to you. That's sort of like the lump of coal you get for Christmas," Obama said last week in Pennsylvania. “That's a Scrooge Christmas.” 

Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse Freedom Caucus member slows floor business House votes to block Gitmo transfers Republican exodus from Trump grows MORE (R-Mich.) and Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) also tweeted about the event on Monday night, and Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) tweeted a photo of the gingerbread White House.

A 300-pound gingerbread model of the White House has become an Obama tradition, and was a conversation-starter with members of Congress at last year's party as well.