Christmas greetings allowed in official Congress mailings

Dec. 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. House panel said House members are now allowed to include holiday greetings in official mail to constituents.

Administration Committee Chairman Candice Miller, R-Mich., announced Wednesday the committee has introduced a new policy allowing representatives to include holiday greetings in official communications to constituents, USA Today reported Thursday.

Lawmakers are given free postage to send official mail to constituents in a process known as "franking," which is regulated by rules stating the mailings must be official business only, banning political material.

"I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Members of the House may include holiday greetings in their communications to constituents," Miller wrote in Wednesday's announcement. "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."

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