Harper's Weekly 06/16/1866


May 29:

In the Senate, the reconstruction resolutions were then
taken up. The third clause, disfranchising the rebels till
the year 1870, was stricken out by a unanimous vote.—The
Railroad Bill was passed, 22 to 19. This bill provides that
any railroad may carry all passengers, troops, mails, Gov-
ernment supplies, etc., from one State to another, provid-
ing that this act shall not affect any stipulation made be-
tween the Government and any railroad company now ex-

In the House, the new Freedmen's Bureau Bill was
passed, 96 to 32.

May 31:

In the Senate, Mr. Wilson, from the Committee of the
two Houses on the death of General Scott, reported a res-
olution of respect and veneration for the memory of the
deceased, and that a joint committee of seven Senators
and nine Representatives be appointed to represent Con-
gress at the funeral of the late Lieutenant-General. The
resolution was adopted.—The Reconstruction resolution
was taken up, the pending question being a substitute for
Section 3, already stricken out. It does not restrict suf-
frage, but shuts off all those from holding a civil or mili-
tary office, either under the United States or any State,
who have broken their oath of allegiance to the United
States, in being guilty of insurrection or in aiding the re-
bellion. Mr. Doolittle opposed the section. It was adopt-
ed by a vote of 32 to 10.

In the House, the Senate's amendments to the House
bill to facilitate commercial, postal, and military commu-
nication among the several States were taken from the
Speaker's table and concurred in. The bill has, there-
fore, passed both Houses.—The House resumed the con-
sideration of the bill to promote the construction of a line
of railroad from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to Cleveland,
Ohio. The bill was passed by a vote of 77 to 41.—The
concurrent resolution providing for an adjournment until
Monday, and for a deputation of Congress to attend the
obsequies of General Scott, was agreed to unanimously.—
The bill authorizing the construction of a railway between
Washington and the Northwest was passed—yeas 65, nays

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