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Capitol Hill to allow holiday salutations this season

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) -

(12/08/13) - Tis the season for spreading a little holiday cheer through Christmas cards and letters. But some lawmakers on Capitol Hill have not been allowed to do so when writing to their constituents. Now, with new legislation, that's changing.

Michigan Rep. Candice Miller introduced legislation to allow Congress members to be able to include holiday greetings in correspondence with constituents. Before, that was prohibited because committee members didn't want to misuse taxpayer dollars.

Now that holiday greetings can be included, that doesn't mean you'll be receiving Christmas cards from a member's office. If you do, know those cards aren't being funded through taxes; they're being funded through the Representative's campaign money.

Miller says this simple policy change shows bipartisan cooperation, and will let the holiday spirit shine brighter for everyone.

"The meaning behind a holiday salutation transcends certainly across our diverse nation," she said. "These greetings are just one way in which we wish joy, peace and the chance for renewal to everyone."

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