In light of the growing national debate over the appropriateness of Christmas decorations for schools, Capitol Hill and state legislatures, some Capitol Hill Democrats are asking the federal government to clarify the appropriatorys intent.
As a matter of policy, the Department of Education (DOE) has never made any decision on the appropriation of Christmas decoration in schools.
The federal government has traditionally viewed Christmas decorations as part of the annual observance of Christmas and not as part and parcel of the year, as is the case with other public holidays such as Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Eve.
While there is no federal guidance on this issue, some state legislatures are attempting to pass resolutions to clarify this situation, according to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
Lewis introduced legislation in March to require the federal department to clarify how the Christmas decoration should be placed on the Capitol.
Lewis told The Hill that the department should also provide a policy on the decorating of the Capitol that would provide guidance on when, where, and how the decorations should be used.
While Lewis’ proposal was introduced in the House, it failed in the Senate.
In response, Lewis said that he has since been meeting with members of the Trump administration to discuss the appropriators intention and hopes that the Department will take up the issue.
Lewis said that while he has never met with the Trump team, he has heard that the administration is supportive of the concept of Christmas decorating on the White House.
“I think that the president is very supportive of this idea of Christmas, and I think that if there’s a federal agency like the DOI that’s looking at this and deciding, well, how do we make sure that we’re using our money in a way that’s not appropriating Christmas decorations to schools?”
“If you ask any of the people who have come on this trip, it’s a bipartisan trip.
So we’ve got a very wide range of people here.”
Lewis has previously called on the DOI to “take a closer look at this, because we don’t think that’s appropriate.”
The department is still working on a final rule on Christmas decorations that will be adopted by schools, but Lewis said he is hopeful that the rule will be finalized by early next year.
Lewis also wants the department to review how Christmas decorations should not be placed in public spaces in places such as parks, libraries, and museums, and the agency is expected to issue its final rule in 2019.
“We want to make sure we’re not making this mistake again.
We want to put decorations in places where there are no children,” Lewis said of the decoratorys recent decisions.