Congressman Tim Huelskamp

Representing the 1th District of Kansas

Christmas Returns to Capitol After Forty-Year Hiatus

Dec 24, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) statement on the House rule change allowing the incidental use of holiday greetings.

“For decades the PC Police have intimidated Christians throughout America with their attacks on the symbols and language of Christmas.  From nativity scenes to Christmas trees, those opposed to Christmas has sought to eradicate any reason for the season from the public square.  And Congress has not been exempted.

Amazingly since 1973, the U.S. House of Representatives has forbidden the use of ‘Merry Christmas’ and deemed use of such words in any official mailing or e-mail an ethics violation. Instead, they demanded the use of ‘Happy Holidays.’  This month, the House Franking Commission accepted the position I have fought for since arriving in Congress – ignore the PC Police and let us use ‘Merry Christmas.’

In 2011 during an interview on Fox News, I stated my refusal to comply with this decades-old policy, which reflects the continual leftist war on Christmas. I have continued that refusal through today, even as it has cowered many other public officials and private industry alike.  The new refusal of the U.S. House to cater to the PC Police moves us one small step away from that carefully crafted secular society devoid of any reference to our religious and cultural heritage. I am glad that finally Members of Congress can express their holiday joy in a manner that they see fit and consistent with our American history – without an ethics threat.

As I have done for the past two years, I personally wish you and all of America a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Here is the link to the 2011 Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH6Wg1lMTdE&feature=youtu.be