Harper's Weekly 03/20/1869


CONGRESS.

March 1:

In the House, appropriations were made for the
Bangor Custom House, and public buildings in Knox-
ville, as well as for certain territorial surveys.


March 2:

In the Senate, the measure providing for an increase
of the salaries of female clerks and of the treasurer
was defeated.—An appropriation of $5000 was made
for Lincoln's statue by Miss Vinnie Ream.—The bill
relating to telegraphic communication between the
United States and foreign countries was passed.—The
ratification of the Constitutional Amendment by the
Nevada Legislature was announced officially.—The
Tenure-of-Office bill came up and received consider-
able discussion on the proposed repeal of the act, Mr.
Sumner's amendment being rejected by a two-third
vote. Mr. Morton's amendment was also rejected.
After debate the bill was defeated.


In the House, the East River Bridge bill was passed.

March 3:

In the Senate, the Public Credit bill as reported by
the Conference Committee was passed 31 to 26. Also
the Army Appropriation bill.


In the House, Speaker Colfax tendered his resigna-
tion, and received an unanimous vote of thanks. Mr.
Pomeroy, of New York, was declared Speaker pro
tem
.—The Conference report on the Public Credit bill
was agreed.


March 4:

The Fortieth Congress expired at noon by limita-
tion. Vice-President Colfax was sworn in and took
his place as President of the new Senate. The new
House was organized by the election of James G.
Blaine as Speaker.


March 6:

In the Senate, a message was received from Presi-
dent Grant, asking that Mr. A. T. Stewart might, by
joint resolution, be exempted from the operation of
the statute of 1789 prohibiting him from holding office
in the Cabinet, as Secretary of the Treasury, by reason
of his interest in trade. Objection was made by Mr.
Sumner to a bill introduced for Mr. Stewart's relief,
and the bill went over under the rules.



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