Miller on New House Holiday Greeting Policy

Dec 4, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Candice Miller, R-Mich., Chairman of the Committee on House Administration and the Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (Franking Commission), issued the following statement regarding the Commission’s adoption of a new House policy allowing for the incidental use of holiday greetings in constituent communications: 

“As Chairman of the House Franking Commission, I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Members of the House may include holiday greetings in their communications to constituents.  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. 

"I appreciate my colleagues’ support for my request to make this simple, but meaningful, change and look forward to more bipartisan coordination over the upcoming year.”   

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