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January 22, 1855, on motion by Mr. Johnson of Arkansas, and by unanimous consent,

Resolved, That the thirty-fourth rule be amended by adding to the clause relating to the Committee on Printing the following:

The said committee shall also supervise and direct the procuring of map and drawings accompanying documents ordered to be printed.

At the session of 1855-56, December 12, 1855,

On motion by Mr. Cass,

The Senate proceeded, in conformity to the thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth rules, to the appointment, by ballot, of the standing committees, and the following committees were appointed:

[Here follows on the Journal a list of 21 committees; and by this appointment the committees which had by the resolution of December 12, 1853, been increased to six members, and by the resolution of December 7, 1854, reduced to five, were again increased to six members.] On motion by Mr. Cass, and by unanimous consent,

Ordered, That the further balloting for the committees be suspended. On motion by Mr. Cass, and by unanimous consent,

The list submitted by him of the remaining five committees was adopted.

December 13, 1855, on motion by Mr. Cass,

Ordered, That the members of the standing committees of the Senate be arranged as follows:

[Here follows on the Journal a complete list of all the committees the names of the members being arranged so as to place a member of the majority of the Senate next to the chairman on each committee.]

On the 17th of December, 1855, Mr. Hunter submitted the following resolution; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be authorized to employ a clerk at the same annual compensation that is paid to the engrossing clerks in the office of the Secretary of the Senate.

On the 6th of August, 1856, Mr. Johnson of Arkansas submitted the following resolution; which was considered by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That one clerk (to be styled the clerk of printing records) be added to the corps of Senate clerks, who shall be the keeper of the records of the Committee on Printing, who shall be under the direction of the said committee during the sessions of Congress and of the Secretary of the Senate during the vacation, and who shall receive the rate of compensation now allowed to engrossing and legislative clerks of Senate.

On the 13th of August, 1856, Mr. Brodhead submitted the following resolution; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate continue to pay to the clerk of the Committee of Claims the same rate of compensation annually hereafter that he has heretofore received.

June 13, 1856, on motion by Mr. Stuart of Michigan,

· Ordered, That the President pro tempore appoint a chairman of the Committee of Commerce in the place of Mr. Hamlin, who was excused from serving as chairman of that committee.

June 16 the President pro tempore appointed the next member on the committee as chairman.

At the session of August, 1856, being second session of the Thirtyfourth Congress, August 21, 1856, Mr. Hunter submitted the following resolution; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the standing committees appointed during the last session of the Senate, be, and they hereby are, reappointed and continued during the present session as they stood at the adjournment.

At the session of 1856-57, December 8, 1856, Mr. Pearce of Maryland submitted the following motion; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Ordered, That so much of the thirty-fifth rule of the Senate as relates to the appointment of the standing committees be suspended.

Mr. Pearce submitted the following motion for consideration:
Ordered, That the following be the standing committees of the Senate.

[Here follows on the Journal a complete list of the committees, except the Committee on Printing, omitted by inadvertence, which was appointed on motion on the 9th of December.]

The Senate proceeded, by unanimous consent, to consider the said motion; and,

On the question to agree thereto,

Yeas
Nays

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It was determined in the affirmative, December 23, 1856, Mr. Benjamin of Louisiana submitted the following resolution; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That a special committee of five members be appointed, by the President pro tempore, to take into consideration the expediency of so amending the thirtyfourth rule of the Senate as to reduce the number and increase the efficiency of the committees, and of providing for the appointment and compensation of the clerks of the committees; and that the resolution of the Senate passed at the last session,1 on the subject of the employment of clerks, be continued in force until the further order of the Senate.

And the President pro tempore (Mr. Bright of Indiana) appointed Mr. Benjamin, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Douglas, Mr. Fessenden, and Mr. Brodhead.

1 The resolution here referred to was submitted by Mr. Jones, of Iowa, on the 13th of December, 1855, and agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That such committees as were authorized to appoint clerks at the last session be authorized to appoint clerks until otherwise ordered.

These committees were as follows:

The Committee on Foreign Relations.

The Committee on Finance.

The Committee on Commerce.

The Committee on Military Affairs

The Committee on Naval Affairs.

The Committee on Public Lands.

The Committee on Private Land Claims.

The Committee on Indian Affairs.

The Committee on Claims.

The Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

The Committee on the Judiciary.

The Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

The Committee on Roads and Canals.

The Committee on Pensions.

The Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

The Committee on Retrenchment.

The Committee on Territories.

The Committee on Public Buildings.

The Committee on Printing.

January 22, 1855, on motion by Mr. Johnson of Arkansas, and by unanimous consent,

Resolved, That the thirty-fourth rule be amended by adding to the clause relating to the Committee on Printing the following:

The said committee shall also supervise and direct the procuring of map and drawings accompanying documents ordered to be printed.

At the session of 1855-56, December 12, 1855,

On motion by Mr. Cass,

The Senate proceeded, in conformity to the thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth rules, to the appointment, by ballot, of the standing committees, and the following committees were appointed:

[Here follows on the Journal a list of 21 committees; and by this appointment the committees which had by the resolution of December 12, 1853, been increased to six members, and by the resolution of December 7, 1854, reduced to five, were again increased to six members.] On motion by Mr. Cass, and by unanimous consent,

Ordered, That the further balloting for the committees be suspended. On motion by Mr. Cass, and by unanimous consent,

The list submitted by him of the remaining five committees was adopted.

December 13, 1855, on motion by Mr. Cass,

Ordered, That the members of the standing committees of the Senate be arranged as follows:

[Here follows on the Journal a complete list of all the committees the names of the members being arranged so as to place a member of the majority of the Senate next to the chairman on each committee.]

On the 17th of December, 1855, Mr. Hunter submitted the following resolution; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be authorized to employ a clerk at the same annual compensation that is paid to the engrossing clerks in the office of the Secretary of the Senate.

On the 6th of August, 1856, Mr. Johnson of Arkansas submitted the following resolution; which was considered by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That one clerk (to be styled the clerk of printing records) be added to the corps of Senate clerks, who shall be the keeper of the records of the Committee on Printing, who shall be under the direction of the said committee during the sessions of Congress and of the Secretary of the Senate during the vacation, and who shall receive the rate of compensation now allowed to engrossing and legislative clerks of Senate.

On the 13th of August, 1856, Mr. Brodhead submitted the following resolution; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate continue to pay to the clerk of the Committee of Claims the same rate of compensation annually hereafter that he has heretofore received.

June 13, 1856, on motion by Mr. Stuart of Michigan,

Ordered, That the President pro tempore appoint a chairman of the Committee of Commerce in the place of Mr. Hamlin, who was excused from serving as chairman of that committee.

June 16 the President pro tempore appointed the next member on the committee as chairman.

At the session of August, 1856, being second session of the Thirtyfourth Congress, August 21, 1856, Mr. Hunter submitted the following resolution; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the standing committees appointed during the last session of the Senate, be, and they hereby are, reappointed and continued during the present session as they stood at the adjournment.

At the session of 1856-57, December 8, 1856, Mr. Pearce of Maryland submitted the following motion; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Ordered, That so much of the thirty-fifth rule of the Senate as relates to the appointment of the standing committees be suspended.

Mr. Pearce submitted the following motion for consideration:
Ordered, That the following be the standing committees of the Senate.

[Here follows on the Journal a complete list of the committees, except the Committee on Printing, omitted by inadvertence, which was appointed on motion on the 9th of December.]

The Senate proceeded, by unanimous consent, to consider the said motion; and,

On the question to agree thereto,

It was determined in the affirmative,

(Yeas
Nays

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December 23, 1856, Mr. Benjamin of Louisiana submitted the following resolution; which was considered, by unanimous consent, and agreed to:

Resolved, That a special committee of five members be appointed, by the President pro tempore, to take into consideration the expediency of so amending the thirtyfourth rule of the Senate as to reduce the number and increase the efficiency of the committees, and of providing for the appointment and compensation of the clerks of the committees; and that the resolution of the Senate passed at the last session,' on the subject of the employment of clerks, be continued in force until the further order of the Senate.

And the President pro tempore (Mr. Bright of Indiana) appointed Mr. Benjamin, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Douglas, Mr. Fessenden, and Mr. Brodhead.

1 The resolution here referred to was submitted by Mr. Jones, of Iowa, on the 13th of December, 1855, and agreed to, viz:

Resolved, That such committees as were authorized to appoint clerks at the last session be authorized to appoint clerks until otherwise ordered.

These committees were as follows:

The Committee on Foreign Relations.

The Committee on Finance.

The Committee on Commerce.

The Committee on Military Affairs

The Committee on Naval Affairs.

The Committee on Public Lands.

The Committee on Private Land Claims.

The Committee on Indian Affairs.

The Committee on Claims.

The Committee on Revolutionary Claims.

The Committee on the Judiciary.

The Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads.

The Committee on Roads and Canals.

The Committee on Pensions.

The Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.

The Committee on Retrenchment.

The Committee on Territories.

The Committee on Public Buildings

The Committee on Printing.

August 30, 1856, on motion by Mr. Weller, and by unanimous consent,

Resolved, That such of the clerks of the standing committees as have been on duty during the extra session (of August, 1856) be paid the usual compensation.

On the 17th of February, 1857, Mr. Benjamin, from the special committee appointed the 23d of December, 1856, submitted a report (No. 395), which was ordered to be printed.

February 24 this report was considered, amended, and, on motion by Mr. Crittenden,

Ordered, That it lie on the table.

At the special session of the Senate of March, 1857: March 5, 1857, Mr. Benjamin submitted the same resolution for remodeling the committees which he had reported from the special committee at the preceding session (17th of February, 1857), which was considered, amended, and agreed to, as follows:

Resolved, That the following be substituted for the thirty-fourth rule of the Senate, RULE 34. The following standing committees shall be appointed at the commencement of each session, with leave to report by bill or otherwise:

A Committee on Foreign Relations, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on Finance, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on Commerce, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on Military Affairs and the Militia, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on Naval Affairs, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on the Judiciary, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on Public Lands, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on Private Land Claims, to consist of five members.

A Committee on Indian Affairs, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on Pensions, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on Revolutionary Claims, to consist of five members.

A Committee on Claims, to consist of five members.

A Committee on the District of Columbia, to consist of seven members.

A Committee on Patents and the Patent Office, to consist of five members.

A Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, to consist of five members, who shall have power also to act jointly with the same committee of the House of Representatives.

A Committee on Territories, to consist of seven members.

A Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses of the Senate, to consist of three members, to whom shall be referred all resolutions directing the payment of money out of the contingent fund of the Senate, or creating a charge on the same. A Committee on Printing, to consist of three members, to whom shall be referred every question on the printing of documents, reports, or other matter transmitted by either of the executive departments, and all memorials, petitions, accompanying documents, together with all other matter, the printing of which shall be moved, excepting bills originating in Congress, resolutions offered by any Senator, communications from the legislatures, or conventions lawfully called, of the respective States, and motions to print by order of the standing committees of the Senate; motions to print additional numbers shall likewise be referred to said committee; and when the report shall be in favor of printing additional numbers it shall be accompanied by an estimate of the probable cost; the said committee shall also supervise and direct the procuring of maps and drawings accompanying documents ordered to be printed.

A Committee on Engrossed Bills, to consist of three members, whose duty it shall be to examine all bills, amendments, resolutions, or motions before they go out of the possession of the Senate, and shall deliver the same to the Secretary of the Senate, who shall enter upon the journal that the same have been correctly engrossed. A Committee on Enrolled Bills, to consist of three members.

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