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House Allows Members To Mail Official Holiday Greetings

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"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," she said in a statement. "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."

The commission's decision comes as talk about the "War on Christmas" among conservative pundits increases ahead of the holidays.