Proceeding of the Federal Congress.
Washington, July 17.
--The Baltimore Police Commissioners, confined in Fortress Monroe
, have sent a petition to the representative branch of Congress, to interfere in their behalf.
The petition was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
A bill authorizing the Secretary of the Navy
) to purchase vessels to suppress piracy, and complete the blockade, and appropriating $3,000,000 for such purpose, has been passed.
Resolutions appointing a committee to investigate all the War
and Navy contracts have been introduced and passed.
Mr. Van Wyck
said that for the past few months there had been a system of plunder in operation which for audacity and wickedness had never been surpassed.
The resolutions were adopted by a vote of 81 eyes to 42 nays.
In the House
, the bill to increase the efficiency of the volunteer force was passed.
In the Senate, the Navy bill was passed.