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 ...
Merry Christmas! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) December 25, 2013
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh , and dwelt among us,(and we beheld his glory as the begotten of the father,) full of grace and truth— John Shimkus (@RepShimkus) December 25, 2013
Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let Earth receive her King! pic.twitter.com/KerQIEWwuh— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) December 25, 2013
Merry Christmas from the Brady family and staff! pic.twitter.com/87Sp1rbcxO— RepKevinBrady (@RepKevinBrady) December 25, 2013
...To the goofily personal.
May your stockings be as full as our hearts this Christmas. Brooke, Caroline and I wish you a Merry Christmas. pic.twitter.com/M22vVZh161— Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) December 25, 2013
Cutie is enjoying helping open presents. pic.twitter.com/nzd9Mqckqf— Rep. Vicky Hartzler (@RepHartzler) December 25, 2013
But most of the members of Congress were a bit more formulaic.
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
Merry Christmas from my family to yours! May you enjoy a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. pic.twitter.com/YWpjnhVEqg— Jeff Denham (@RepJeffDenham) December 25, 2013
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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