Harper's Weekly 02/11/1865


CONGRESS.

January 25:

In the Senate, the House Bankrupt bill was reported
from the Judiciary Committee with amendments. The
question of retaliation was resumed, but not concluded.
The Deficiency bill was reported, and it was determined
not to pass it unless the House would strike out the prop-
osition to increase the salary of its employés.


In the House, a resolution of inquiry into the facts con-
nected with trade with the rebellious States was passed.
The question of providing that the Heads of Departments
should occupy seats on the floor of the House, to be inter-
rogated under certain rules as to their respective Depart-
ments, and to a limited extent to participate in debate,
was considered.


January 26:

In the Senate, the House Amendatory Loan bill was
passed. The Retaliation measure was still under consid-
eration.


In the House, the bill for the admission of Cabinet offi-
cers to the floor of the House was debated at some length,
but a final consideration was postponed till February 3.
A new Deficiency bill was reported, in which the clause
objectionable to the Senate was modified, though only in
form, by being made to read: “Thirty-eight thousand
dollars is appropriated to enable the House to meet its
obligations and fulfill its pledges heretofore incurred.”


January 27:

In the Senate, the Deficiency bill was passed without
the objectionable amendment. The Retaliation measure
was still under debate.


In the House only private bills were considered.

January 28:

In the Senate, a resolution was adopted providing for
the publication of the correspondence of President Madi-
son. The rest of the session was taken up in the consid-
eration of the resolution appointing a committee on cor-
ruptions, and of the proposition for retaliation.


In the House there was a debate on the constitutional
amendment.


January 30:

In the Senate, the House bill reducing the duty on
printing paper was reported with an amendment, fixing
the duty at 15 instead of 3 per cent. The resolution to
appoint the Committee on Corruptions was debated by
Mr. Hale, who indulged in a long speech on the frauds
done in the Navy Department.


In the House, the Senate's resolution for a committee
to count the votes in the late Presidential election was
concurred in, with an amendment excluding from repre-
sentation in the Electoral College Virginia, North Caro-
lina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.


January 31:

In the Senate, the retaliation resolution was passed, 26
to 13, modified by several amendments restricting its ac-
tion so as to be conformable to the laws of nations and to
the usages of war. An amendment was adopted declar-
ing the sense of the Senate to be in favor of a general ex-
change of prisoners; also one to appoint commissioners to
look after the condition of our prisoners in future.


In the House, the proposition was passed to submit to
the Legislature of the several States the following amend-
ment to the Constitution:


“Article 13.

Section 1.
Neither slavery nor involun-
tary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, where of
the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist with-
in the United States, or any place subject to their juris-
diction.



Section 2.
Congress shall have power to enforce this
article by appropriate legislation.”




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