Harper's Weekly 03/06/1869


CONGRESS.

February 15:

In the House, the Senate amendments to the joint
resolution relative to suffrage were non-concurred in.


February 16:

In the Senate, a bill was passed granting lands to
aid in the construction of the Green Bay and Lake
Michigan Railroad; also a bill authorizing the trans-
fer of lands from the Union Pacific to the Denver City
Railway Company.


In the House, the Internal Revenue bill was passed.

February 17:

In the Senate, the report of the Conference Commit-
tee on the Navy bill was agreed to; the report pro-
poses a large reduction in the naval force and in the
Marine Corps.—The Committee on Public Buildings
reported against purchasing a new site for the Execu-
tive Mansion.—A resolution was adopted directing the
Attorney-General to furnish a list of the names of per-
sons convicted of violating the revenue laws, the pen-
alties attached to such convictions, and the number of
pardons issued to such offenders.


In the House, the Committee on Elections submit-
ted a report and resolution declaring that neither
Scott, Menard, nor Hunt are entitled to the seat of the
Second Lousiana District. The report was laid on
the table.—The Bill supplementary to the National
Bank laws was amended in several of its sections,
and then laid on the table, 92 to 78.


February 18:

In the Senate, the House bill regulating the franking
privilege was agreed to. An amendment, abolishing
the franking privilege entirely after the first of July,
was then adopted, after which the bill was rejected
and the Senate adjourned.


In the House, the bill supplementary to the Nation-
al Banking laws was taken up, and the vote laying the
bill on the table was reconsidered. After an animated
debate on general amendments offered, the bill was
recommitted to the Banking Committee, with instruc-
tions to report back forthwith the first three sections
of the bill, and Mr. Coburn's amendment as the fourth
section, and it was agreed to without division. The
bill was forthwith reported back, and as thus amended
was passed by a vote of 106 years to 77 nays.—At the
evening session debate on the Army Appropriation
bill was resumed. An amendment, offered by Mr.
Dodge, was agreed to. It reduces the number of in-
fantry regiments to thirty, and consolidates the ord-
nance and artillery corps and several of the staff de-
partments.


February 19:

In the House, Mr. Blaine's amendment to the Army
Appropriation bill was adopted; it contemplates the
reduction of the army to twenty regiments of infantry,
five of cavalry, and five of artillery, and provides that
no appointments to the staff departments shall be
made until further action of Congress. The amend-
ments reducing appropriations for special purposes
were agreed to, and the bill then passed.—The Com-
mittee of Conference on the bill to reduce the Navy
and the Marine Corps submitted a report, which was
agreed to. It provides for a gradual reduction of these
corps by absorption.


February 20:

In the House, the Suffrage Amendment was consid-
ered. Mr. Bingham offered an amendment—one hith-
erto passed by the Senate 40 to 16—which declares
that the right of citizens of the United States to vote
and hold office shall not be denied or abridged by any
State on account of race, color, nativity, property,
creed, or previous condition of servitude. This amend-
ment was agreed to 140 to 33.



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