Merry Christmas From the Members of Congress Who Want to Gut Food Stamps

In September, 217 members of Congress voted to dramatically cut food stamp availability. Also, they would like to wish you a merry Christmas, and ask that you remember the spirit of the season.

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In September, 217 members of Congress voted to dramatically cut food stamp availability, on top of a scheduled rollback that kicked in on November 1. Also, they would like to wish you a merry Christmas, and ask that you remember the spirit of the season.

We looked at every Christmas-related tweet from that group of legislators. The tweets ranged from the ostentatiously religious ...

...To the goofily personal.
But most of the members of Congress were a bit more formulaic.

Congress members mentioning Jesus: Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Michael Burgess, Rep. Rick Crawford

Congress members citing Luke 2:11 — "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you" — explicitly: Rep. Bill Flores, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Tom Graves, Rep. Tim Murphy

Congress members simply wishing you a "Merry Christmas": Marsha Blackburn, Rep. Paul Broun, Rep. Steve Chabot, Rep. Doug Collins, Rep. Steve Daines, Rep. Renee Ellmers, Rep. Stephen Fincher, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Rep. Robert Hurt, Rep. Bill Johnson, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Mike Kelly, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Rep. Dave Reichert, Rep. Reid Ribble, Rep. Martha Roby, Rep. David Roe, Rep. Dennis Ross, Rep. Matt Salmon, Rep. David Schweikert, Rep. Patrick Tiberi, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, Rep. Ed Whitfield

Congress members offering pictures or videos of things: Rep. John Boehner, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Doc Hastings, Rep. Richard Hudson, Rep. Bill Huizenga, Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Steve King, Rep. Bob Latta, Rep. Patrick McHenry, Rep. Scott Perry, Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Lee Terry, Rep. Tim Walberg, Rep. Joe Wilson

Congress members recognizing service members: Rep. Mark Amodei, Rep. Vern Buchanan, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Rep. Rodney Davis, Rep. Joe Heck, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Rep. John Kline, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (also mentions Jesus), Rep. Kristi Noem, Rep. James Renacci, Rep. Scott Tipton

Congress members offering greetings "from my family to yours": Rep. John Carter, Rep. John Culberson, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Bob Gibbs, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Rep. George Holding, Rep. Dave Joyce, Rep. David McKinley, Rep. Mark Meadows, Rep. Randy Neugebauer, Rep. Pete Olson, Rep. Eric Paulsen, Rep. Scott Rigell, Rep. Jon Runyan (also mentions troops), Rep. Austin Scott, Bill Shuster, Rep. Steve Southerland, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Ann Wagner, Rep. Randy Weber, Rep. Steve Womack

Two particular categories were sparsely populated.

Congress members who own reindeer farms and wrote stories about their reindeer farms for the local paper: Rep. Kerry Bentivolio

Congress members who voted for food stamp cuts who mentioned remembering the needy:

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