136383 Sen. Chuck Schumer is trying to save Christmas for deployed troops

Soldiers stand next to the decorated Christmas tree at Camp Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Dec. 10. The Soldiers are assigned to 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad.

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says a federal rule change that’s stopping donated Christmas trees from being sent to American troops overseas is straight out of the Grinch’s playbook.

The top Senate Democrat sent a letter to the U.S. postmaster on Thursday urging her to immediately waive procedural changes that are preventing New York residents from sending trees to military bases abroad.

Schumer says at least 40 trees donated by community groups and others this year were returned to New York farmers. He blames a last-minute policy change that strictly limits the size of packages that can be shipped to overseas bases in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany.

The U.S. Postal Service hasn’t commented.

 

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