Harper's Weekly 04/21/1866


CONGRESS.

April 3:

In the Senate, the bill authorizing the President of the
United States to transfer a gun-boat to the Government of
Liberia was passed.


In the House, the Senate bill to amend the act of July
4, 1864, for the relief of seamen on board of vessels wrecked
or lost in the naval service, was passed.


April 4:

In the Senate, the veto Message was taken up, and Mr.
Trumbull took the floor in defense of the Civil Rights
bill.


In the House, the contested election case between Dodge
and Brooks was discussed.


April 5:

In the Senate, Mr. George F. Edmonds, the Senator ap-
pointed from Vermont to fill the vacancy occasioned by
Mr. Foot's death, was sworn in.—The bill to provide arms
and ammunition to the people of Dakota, for protection
against Indian warriors, was passed.—A joint resolution
was passed securing to colored soldiers their bounties.—
At 1 o'clock the Message of President Johnson vetoing the
Civil Rights bill was taken up. Mr. Reverdy Johnson took
the floor, and spoke at length in opposition to the bill.
He was followed by other Senators.


In the House, the bill giving three months' pay proper-
ly allowed to army officers who should continue in service
to the close of the war—to such officers as resigned or were
mustered out at their own request after the 19th of April,
1865, was passed.


April 6:

In the Senate, Mr. Lane, of Kansas, offered a joint res-
olution for the admission of the States lately in rebellion
to representation in Congress on condition of their repu-
diating the rebel debt, indorsing the Federal debt, annul-
ling all ordinances of secession, and granting the right of
suffrage to such colored people as can read, or who own
and pay taxes on $250 worth of property.—At 1 o'clock
the Message of the President vetoing the Civil Rights bill
was taken up, and after considerable debate the vote was
finally taken, and the bill passed over the President's
veto, yeas 33, nays 15.


In the House, the New York contested election case was
taken up. After a two hours' speech by Mr. Brooks, and
additional debate, the vote was reached. On the question
of Mr. Brooks's claim, it stood, nays 84, yeas 45. On Mr.
Dodge's claim, yeas 72, nays 52.


April 9:

In the Senate, the Loan bill was passed—32 to 7.

In the House, the Civil Rights bill was passed over the
President's veto—122 to 41.



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