Harper's Weekly 07/07/1866
In the Senate, a bill to grant lands in aid of the con-
struction of a railroad from Salt Lake City to the Colum-
bia River, in Oregon, was taken up and passed.—The
Army Appropriation Bill was next considered, and after
being amended was passed. Among the amendments is
one appropriating over six and a half millions of dollars
for the support of the Freedmen's Bureau; also, repealing
the act authorizing the President to dismiss officers of the
army and navy; also an amendment to the mode of selec-
tion of the Superintendent of the Military Academy from
any corps of the army.—The Pacific Railroad bill was
passed; yeas 20, nays 12.
In the House, the vote by which the bill to establish a
Department of Education was rejected on the 8th instant
was reconsidered, and the bill was passed: yeas 80, nays
44.—A minority report from the Reconstruction Commit-
tee was presented.
In the Senate, the recommendation of the Finance Com-
mittee to fix the tax on cotton at two cents a pound was
In the House, the bill to increase the pensions of wid-
ows and orphans was passed. The first section extends
the provisions of the pension laws to provost marshals,
deputy provost marshals, and enrolling officers, who have
been killed or wounded in the discharge of their duties.
The second section increases the pensions to widows of
deceased soldiers and sailors, having children, at the rate
of two dollars per month for each child under the age of
In the Senate, a joint resolution was passed giving fif-
teen hundred dollars to Mrs. Abbie Green for her services
in assisting one hundred and nine Union prisoners to es-
cape from Libby prison.
In the House, a resolution was adopted to consider the
expediency of a revision of the existing law in reference
to mileage, so as to make the payment of mileage more
equal and more in accordance with the actual cost of travel
to and from the national capital at the present time.—The
Army bill was passed, 72 to 41.
In the Senate, that section of the Tax bill granting to
Railroad Companies the right to add to their fares on ac-
count of the tax, was restored.
In the House, a message was received from the Presi-
dent in reference to the joint resolution proposing an
amendment to the Constitution, stating that it had been
communicated by the Secretary of State to the Governors
of various States on the 16th of June, but that was a min-
isterial act, and not to be considered as involving the as-
sent of the Executive to the proposed amendment. The
Indian Appropriation Bill was taken up and passed.
In the Senate, a joint resolution authorizing the hiring
of buildings for the temporary accommodation of the De-
partment of State, was passed; also, a joint resolution to
provide for the publication of an official history of the re-
The Tax bill was next taken up. Mr. Henderson of-
fered an amendment striking out the tax on cotton, which
was rejected, yeas 10, nays 24. An amendment to add
flax to the free list was adopted. The bill was read a third
time, and passed.