Harper's Weekly 12/23/1865


CONGRESS.

December 5:

In the Senate, the House resolution for a special com-
mittee of fifteen on the subject of the rebellious States was
laid over.—Other bills were introduced; and at 2.30 P.M.
the President's Message was received and read.


In the House, Mr. Raymond submitted the credentials
of Mr. Dodge, who contests Mr. Brooks's seat. Mr. Dodge
was allowed the privileges of the floor.—A resolution was
adopted inquiring into the expediency of abolishing the
office of Provost Marshal-General.—A resolution was
passed against the repudiation of the public debt, with but
one dissenting vote, given by Mr. L. S. Trimble, Ken-
tucky.—The President's Message was read.


December 6:

In the Senate, the Standing Committees were an-
nounced, which do not differ essentially from those of last
year. Mr. Sherman, at the head of the Finance Commit-
tee, gives place to Mr. Fessenden.


In the House, a bill was introduced by Mr. Thayer to
amend the act declaring the officer who shall act as Pres-
ident of the United States in case of the death, resigna-
tion, removal, or disability of the President. It was re-
ferred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


December 11:

In the Senate, Mr. Wilson presented petitions of col-
ored persons in the District of Columbia, asking for the
right of suffrage.—A committee to recommend appropriate
action on the death of President Lincoln was appointed.
—Certain amendments proposed by the Union State Cen-
tral Committee of Pennsylvania, prohibiting the assump-
tion of the Rebel debt or the repudiation of the National,
also prohibiting secession, were read and referred to the
Judiciary Committee.—Resolutions strongly supporting
the Monroe doctrine were offered by Mr. Wade.—A reso-
lution was passed to refurnish the White House.


In the House, Mr. Schenck offered resolutions concern-
ing affairs in Mexico, condemnatory of the attempt to es-
tablish an empire there, which were referred to the For-
eign Affairs Committee.—A bill was offered to extend the
elective franchise in the District of Columbia.—The Stand-
ing Committees were then announced by the Speaker.
Mr. Morrill, of Vermont, is at the head of the Ways and
Means; Mr. Washburne, of Illinois, is Chairman of the
Commerce; Mr. Banks, of Massachusetts, stands first on
Foreign Affairs, with Raymond, of New York, for second.
A motion to print 250,000 copies of General Grant's Re-
port was referred.



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