Christmas

After a busy week, Congress is ready for the holidays: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 16, 2019

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney speaks with reporters as she passes the holiday sign in the basement of the Capitol as she leaves the House Democrats caucus meeting on Dec. 17. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

War on Christmas (decorations) comes to Capitol Hill
The 'Cold War' is heating up

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., poses with the inflatable snowman outside his office on the second floor of the Longworth Senate Office Building on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. A friendly holiday decorations rivalry with his hallway neighbor Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. has evolved into a floor-wide contest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Val B. Demings was overheard this week telling a reporter she felt “pressure” to step up her office’s holiday decorations after fellow Florida Rep. Charlie Crist displayed a quintessential light-up palm tree and flamingo outside his.

The 7.5-foot inflatable holiday Mickey Mouse (she represents the Orlando area, home to Disney World) that guards her door declined to comment on the matter — perhaps because he heard about the unfortunate fate of one of his nearby air-filled brethren.

The real war on Christmas: Who unplugged Perlmutter’s snowman?
Frosty the deadman

Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Mike Gallagher argue over who has the best Christmas decorations in their Longworth hallway on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. One day later, the friendly competition took a frosty turn. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi lights the 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree
The 2019 tree is a blue spruce from New Mexico

Speaker Nancy Pelosi stands with band members during a ceremony to light the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which is displayed on the West Front of the Capitol. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Watch: Capitol Christmas Tree arrives on the West Lawn
This year’s tree came from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico

Architect of the Capitol workers erect the Capitol Christmas Tree on the West Lawn Monday. The tree is from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

The 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree arrived on the West Lawn Monday, completing its nearly 2,000 mile journey from New Mexico’s Carson National Forest.

The ‘Fun’ in Dysfunction, iPhone Confusion and the Sound of Silence: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 10, 2018

It was a non-stop few days of news in Washington with lawmakers grilling Google CEO Sundar Pichai about how iPhones work, a handful of farewell speeches in the Senate and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles E. Schumer joining President Donald Trump and a stoic Vice President Mike Pence for a hectic Oval Office chat.

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If You Get a Holiday Gift Basket, One Option Is to ‘Destroy’ It
House Ethics Committee reminds Congress that the rules still apply, even in December

The House Ethics Committee issued a memo reminding lawmakers and staff of the gift rules. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Members of Congress and their staff got a friendly reminder Thursday that the House gift rule still applies, “even during the holiday season.”

The House Ethics Committee circulated a memo with guidance for navigating the tricky month of December, complete with steps for accepting certain presents and tips for handling an “unacceptable” gift.