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House Lifts Its Ban on Season's Greetings

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 08:00 PM

By Cynthia Fagen

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Members of Congress can now include "Merry Christmas," "Happy Hanukkah" and other holiday greetings in their official mailings to constituents, the Daily Caller reported Wednesday.

The Franking Committee, which oversees administrative operations in the House, lifted the regulation that had been intended to ensure that members did not abuse the taxpayers' money for their personal gain.

But last year, some members of Congress sent letters of protest.

"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," Franking Chairwoman Rep. Candice Miller said in a statement and in a video posted on the House Administration Committee homepage.

"Holidays mark a time of year where we come together and reflect on the blessings that we have received, and the meaning behind a holiday salutation transcends certainly across our diverse nation. These greetings are just one way in which we wish joy, peace, and the chance for renewal for everyone," she said.

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