Harper's Weekly 07/14/1866


CONGRESS.

June 26:

In the Senate, after several attempts at amendment the
Freedmen's Bureau bill was passed, and sent back to the
House.


In the House, the Pacific Railroad bill was passed—96
to 36.


June 27:

In the Senate, Mr. Morrill called up the bill introduced
by Mr. Wade on the first day of the session, to grant uni-
versal suffrage in the District of Columbia. An amend-
ment was adopted, excluding from the right of suffrage all
who voluntarily left the District to go into the rebellion.
An amendment to limit the franchise to such persons as
can read the Constitution of the United States and write
their names was rejected. Final action on the bill was
not reached.


In the House, the Senate bill to prevent smuggling was
passed.—Mr. Morrill, from the Committee on Ways and
Means, reported back amendments to the Tax bill, and
proceeded to state the important features of the report.
The amendments were separately voted on, and as the
House refused to concur in several of them, a Committee
of Conference was called for. Among those non-concurred
in were the cotton, cigar, income, and Bank tax amend-
ments.


June 28:

In the Senate, Mr. Brown offered a resolution, which
was adopted, instructing the Committee on the Judiciary
to inquire into the expediency of providing by law for such
reorganization of the civil service, especially as to the
Post-office, Treasury, and Interior Departments, as will se-
cure appointments after proper examination, and to regu-
late dismissals and promotions as they are regulated in the
army and navy, to the end that the patronage of these
Departments may not be used as reservoirs of political
power.


In the House, the Missouri contested election case was
decided in favor of Mr. Kelso, the present occupant.—The
Senate amendments to the House bill to continue in force
and amend the act to establish the Freedmen's Bureau
were taken up. On motion of Mr. Eliot the amendments
were non-concurred in, and a Conference Committee was
asked.—The House then proceeded to the consideration of
the Tariff bill. Mr. Morrill addressed the House in ex-
planation and support of the bill. He urged a higher
tariff on various imported articles, especially on wool.


June 30:

In the Senate, a committee of conference was appointed
on the Freedmen's Bureau bill. The points to be con-
ferred on relate to the disposition of the Sea Island cotton-
lands. The House forbids the surrender of the lands now
held by the freedmen under General Sherman's order.
The bill as passed by the Senate contains provisions un-
der which the former owners may get possession of these
lands, except such as have been sold for United States
taxes.



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