Bureaucrats decide Congressmen cannot write “Merry Christmas” in official mail

Bah, humbug, say the anonymous rulemakers -- who have ruled that generic holiday greetings are OK, but not any mention of the dreaded word "Christmas"

Anonymous federal rulemakers this year decided that members of the U.S. House of Representatives are not allowed to wish their constituents back home “Merry Christmas.”

A Congressman's card (sent at the expense of his election campaign)

Senators may. However, members of the House may only offer holiday greetings to voters. They must steer clear of anything so politically incorrect as actually uttering the name of the federal holiday — which has been officially “Christmas” since 1870, when the House and Senate first gave the nation the day off to observe Christ’s birth.

According to the

Washington Examiner,

the absurd ruling was made

by nameless members of the Franking Commission, a bureaucracy which spends much of its time making, clarifying and re-writing rules in order to justify its existance. Staffers then apply the ever-changing rules, which only they understand, to outgoing mail from Representatives to approve whether each letter qualifies for “franking privileges” — free postage, one of the perks of being a member of Congress.


This year, Congressmen were told no holiday greetings, including “Merry Christmas,” could be sent.

U.S. Representative Nick Rahall, a West Virginia Democrat on Wednesday urged the House Leadership to rein in the absurdity.

“This policy is just one more way political correctness is slowly dismantling the meaning of the Christmas season,” Rahall and other House members said in a letter to the House leadership. “The responsibility of the Franking Commission should not be to enforce political correctness. We are celebrating significant moments in two religions that have fundamentally shaped our Nation, and, as Members of Congress who represent thousands of constituents celebrating these holidays, we ask you to reconsider these outdated and restrictive rules.”

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Rob Kerby
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