While members of Congress are now allowed to say “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” “Happy New Year,” or other holiday greetings, a victory against the politically correct “War on Christmas,” Breitbart News has learned members and staff are still not allowed to devote an entire message to spreading holiday cheer.
In a December 4th email communication to all House offices, the House Committee on Administration’s chairwoman Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) and ranking member Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) announced the rule change. In that email, which was obtained by Breitbart News, Miller and Davis made clear that the new policy—a lift of the decades-old universal ban on “Merry Christmas” and all other pro-holiday greetings begun in 1973—“still prohibits Members from sending communications for the sole purpose of expressing a holiday greeting.”
“The Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (Franking Commission) is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Members may include incidental holiday greetings in their official constituent communications,” Miller and Davis wrote in an email obtained by Breitbart News. “Prior to the Commission’s adoption of this new commonsense policy, franking regulations prohibited any form of a holiday greeting whatsoever. However, the new policy, which still prohibits Members from sending communications for the sole purpose of expressing a holiday greeting, allows Members to include simple holiday salutations like Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah.”
As Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) noted in a press release on Christmas Eve, this represents a major victory for conservatives, as they are now allowed to say “Merry Christmas” and other holiday greetings as part of bigger messages from their official congressional offices. However, members of Congress are still prevented from devoting an entire congressional communication via social media, web video, press release, e-newsletter, or the like to spread Christmas cheer or wish people a joyous Hanukkah, New Year, or other holiday.