Harper's Weekly 06/30/1866


CONGRESS.

June 12:

In the Senate, the amendment placing $100,000 at the
disposal of the Secretary of the Treasury to increase at his
discretion, under certain limitation, the salaries of the
clerks in his Department, was agreed to by a vote of 18 to
17.


June 13:

In the House, the Senate amendments to the joint res-
olution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of
the United States were adopted by a vote of 120 to 32.
Mr. Stevens closed the debate. He concluded thus: He
could not look upon the Senate amendment as an im-
provement. In his judgment it endangered the Govern-
ment of the country, both State and National, and might
give the next Congress and President to the reconstructed
rebels. With their enlarged basis of representation, and
the exclusion of loyal men of color from the ballot-box,
he saw no hope of safety unless in the prescription of prop-
er enabling acts which should do justice to the freedmen
and enjoin enfranchisement as a condition precedent.
While he saw much good in the proposition he did not
pretend to be satisfied with it. But still he was anxious
for its speedy adoption, for the deprecated delay. Let us,
he said in conclusion, no longer delay. Let us take what
we can get now, and hope for better things in further
legislation, in enabling acts or other provisions.


June 14:

In the Senate, the bill to define the number and regu-
late the appointment of the officers in the Navy was passed,
18 to 11. It provides that the officers of the Navy shall
consist of one Admiral, one Vice-Admiral, ten Rear-Ad-
mirals, twenty-five Commodores, fifty Captains, ninety
Commanders, one hundred and eighty Lieutenant-Com-
manders, one hundred and sixty Masters, one hundred and
sixty Ensigns, and in other grades the number now al-
lowed by law. The pay of the Admiral shall be $10,000
per annum.


June 15:

In the Senate, a veto message was received from the
President, containing his objections to the bill enabling
the New York and Montana Mining Company to purchase
certain public lands.


In the House, a resolution was adopted appointing a
Committee to investigate the late case of assault committed
on Mr. Grinnell, of Iowa, by Mr. Rousseau, of Kentucky.
The Senate bill to regulate the appointment of Paymasters
in the Navy was passed.—The joint resolution to provide
for expenses of the Paris exposition was passed, 21 to 13.



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