The Air Force traditionally operates a "Santa tracker" that tracks the imaginary father of Christmas' movements as he delivers presents around the globe on Christmas Eve.
The Air Force also threatened to take away the bases' television privileges for a week.
NORAD or the North American Aerospace Defense Command is behind the fun, and it relies on satellites, radar and fighter jets to follow Santa on his magical journey. It then claimed it had been "bluffing" in order to get the feuding bases "in line".
Several US government agencies have previously acknowledged the existence of Santa, including the Department of Transportation, which approves his flight plans.
And while the current commander in chief, President Donald Trump, has yet to weigh in on the Santa issue, he has been vocal in his support for the Christmas holiday, urging people to reject the "happy holidays" greeting in favor of saying "merry Christmas".
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But the president saw that this would give Democrats a chance to claim the overall plan was a blow to the middle class. Then Congress' tax-writing committees, led by Ways and Means, will get down to the hard work of cementing the details.