Harper's Weekly 08/04/1866


CONGRESS.

July 18:

In the Senate, Mr. Sherman called up the bill to fund
the public debt. The first and second sections, giving the
Secretary of the Treasury authority to issue five per cent.
bonds were stricken out.—The death of Senator Lane was
announced.


In the House, the contested election case of Koontz and
Coffroth, from the Sixteenth District of Pennsylvania,
was called up and decided in favor of the former.—The
revised Tariff bill was considered and passed under the
operation of the previous question by a large majority—
yeas 88, nays 34. The 25th of July was fixed for the ad-
journment of Congress.


July 19:

In the Senate, a bill directing the President to place
$50,000 at the disposal of the Governor of Maine, for the
relief of the sufferers by the late terrible fire at Portland,
was passed, 22 to 18.—The bill for the funding of the pub-
lic debt was passed.—Mr. Trumbull offered a resolution to
recognize the State Government of Tennessee, and an-
nounced that the Legislature of that State had just rati-
fied the Constitutional Amendment.


In the House, a bill granting lands to aid in the con-
struction of a railroad and telegraph line from the Central
Pacific Railroad in California to Portland in Oregon was
passed.—Mr. Shellaberger called up the report of the Select
Committee on the charges made by Hon. Roscoe Conkling,
in his place, against Provost Marshal General Fry and his
Bureau. The report wholly exonerates Mr. Conkling, and
severely condemns Mr. Fry. It was adopted with only
four dissenting votes.


July 20:

In the Senate, Mr. Sumner presented the report of the
Conference Committee on the Consular and Diplomatic
Appropriation bill, which was agreed to, after considerable
debate on the provision that no compensation be given for
the ensuing year to the United States Minister at Lisbon,
Portugal.


In the House, the joint resolution for the admission of
Tennessee was adopted, 125 to 12. The following mem-
bers voted nay—Alley, Benjamin, Boutwell, Eliot, Higby,
Jenckes, Julian, Kelley, Loan, M`Clurg, Paine, Williams.


July 21:

In the Senate, the Committee on the Judiciary reported
back the House joint resolution declaring Tennessee en-
titled to representation in Congress with an amendment
in the form of a substitute which briefly alluded to the
several steps taken by that State toward reconstruction,
and which had paved the way for its restoration. Mr.
Sherman objected to the substitute, saying it would prob-
ably be vetoed by the President. Mr. Trumbull support-
ed the substitute. After debate the substituted preamble
was rejected, but a change was made in the body of the
resolution which will send it back to the House. The
vote was 28 to 4, Messrs. Sumner, Brown, Buckalew, and
M`Dougall voting against it.


In the House, the Rousseau case being under discussion,
that gentleman made a protest against the spirit which he
said had been manifested toward him in debate. He at-
tempted to justify his conduct toward Mr. Grinnell, and
said that he had sent to the Governor of Kentucky his
resignation as a member of the House. He was then
called before the bar of the House and reprimanded by
the Speaker.—A resolution that when the House adjourn
it be to the 2d of October, and then, if not otherwise or-
dered, to adjourn to the 1st of December, was adopted.


July 23:

In the Senate, the Civil Appropriation bill being taken
up, the amendment directing the Secretary of War to pay
out of the commutation draft fund, for every slave belong-
ing to loyal men enlisted, not to exceed $300 each, was
adopted. An amendment increasing the pay of clerks in
the State Department twenty per cent. was adopted. An
amendment abolishing the mission to Greece was adopted.



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