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bill for the relief of tax-payers in certain cases was laid on the table. The following bills were considered and passed: House bill to make rules concerning captures on land. House bill providing for the auditing and payment of properly-authenticated claims. House joint resolution for the relief of postmasters, in certain cases. Senate bill for the relief of maimed officers and soldiers. The report of the Committee of Conference on the Tax Bill was received, Mr. Oldham, of Texas, withholding his signature from the report. At 12 o'clock, the following House bill, to increase the military forces of the Confederate States, being the special order, was taken up and considered: "The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That in order to provide additional forces to repel invasion, maintain the rightful possession of the Confederate States, secure their independence and preserve their institutions, the President be, and he is here
otion, the resolution was further amended by the insertion of the words "sine die." The resolution, as amended, was, after further debate, passed by the following vote: Year--Messrs. Barnwell, Brown, Graham, Johnson of Georgia, Maxwell, Oldham, Orr, Semmes, Walker and Wateen--10. Mays.--Messrs Bunnett, Capteron, Henry, Hunter, Johnson of Missouri, Simms, Vest and Wigfall--. Senate bill supplemental to the law authorizing commanders of the reserves in each State to order generes between the ages of eighteen and forty-five, in any State, shall be called for under the provisions of this act. '" The bill, as amended, was then passed by the following vote: Yeas.--Messrs. Brown, Burnett, Caperton, Henry, Hunter, Oldham, Semmes, Simms and Watson--9. Nays.--Messrs. Barnwell, Graham, Johnson of Georgia, Johnson of Missouri, Maxwell, Orr, Vest, Wigfall--7. The Senate then resolved into secret session. House of Representatives. The House met at 11
Senate bill to provide for the promotion of officers in certain cases, returned by the President with his veto, was taken up and considered, the question being, should the bill pass notwithstanding the objection of the President. After debate, the bill was passed over the veto of the President by the following vote: Yeas.--Messrs. Brown, Caperton, Graham, Henry, Hunter, Johnson of Georgia, Johnson of Missouri, Orr, Semmes, Vest, Wigfall--11. Nays.--Messrs. Barnwell, Maxwell, Oldham, Simms and Watson--5. House bill to provide for the payment of arrears now due to the army and navy was reported back from the Finance Committee with the recommendation that it pass. The bill authorizes the issue of $80,000,000 in addition to the amount now authorized by law, if so much shall be found necessary for the payment of said arrears. The bill was passed by the following vote: Yeas.--Messrs Caperton, Graham, Henry, Hunter, Maxwell, Simms, Walker, Watson and Wigfa
Confederate Congress. Senate. Thursday, March 16, 1865. House bill to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, reported back adversely by the Judiciary Committee, was, after debate, rejected by the following vote: Yeas--Messrs. Burnett, of Ky., Henry of Tenn., Johnston of Mo., Maxwell of Fla., Simms of Ky., and Vest of Mo.--6. Nays--Messrs. Barnwell, Brown, Graham, Hunter, Oldham, Orr, Semmes, Watson, and Wigfall. --9. The Senate concurred in House amendment to the bill to regulate the business of conscription. Impressment law so as not to give property impressed for the use of the army, to be paid for at the time of the impressment, was passed. House resolution to adjourn on Saturday next was rejected — yeas 8, nays 8. The Senate then resolved into secret session. The doors being opened, Mr. Orr submitted a resolution to adjourn at two o'clock on Saturday, which was agreed to — yeas 8, nays 7. The Senate took a recess til
o appoint a joint committee on the part of the Senate to wait upon the President of the Confederate States and inform him that, unless he had further communications to Congress, they were ready to adjourn. The Chair appointed Messrs. Watson, Oldham and Henry as the committee on the part of the Senate. The bill to provide for the payment of all arrears now due to the army and navy, returned by the President of the Confederate States to the House with his objections, was considered. Upon the question, "Shall the bill pass notwithstanding the objections of the President, " the vote was taken by yeas and nays, as follows: Yeas.--Messrs Brown, Burnett, Caperton, Henry, Hunter, Johnson of Missouri, Oldham, Slimms of Kentucky, Vest, Watson and Wigfall--11. Nays.--Mr. Semmes of Louisiana. No quorum voting, the bill was lost. Mr. Watson, of Mississippi, read the following report: Mr. President,--The joint committee charged with that duty have waited upon the
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