MVB Senate remarks on Senate rule changes, 15 April 1826

MVB Senate remarks on Senate rule changes, 15 April 1826

SENATE.

Messrs. JOHNSON, of Ken. HOLMES, MILLS, VAN BUREN, EATON, and HAYNE, entered, also, into the debate, chiefly in explanation of the considerations that had led the Senate to make the existing change in its rules; their experience of the effects of the change, and their views of its propriety or impropriety—the comparative merits of the two modes of appointing Committees, &c. &c. (As the debate at large has not been reported—it is proper to state, that all the gentleman who favored the present motion, as well as the one who opposed it, disclaimed the remotest intention to impute to the Vice President an improper exercise of the duties devolved on him by the rules; the change was supported on the score of its abstract propriety; and, that the conduct of the Chair might not be impugned by the procedure, Mr. HOLMES took occasion to express his satisfaction that the motion had proceeded from an intimate personal friend of the Vice President, which itself would contradict the presumption that any conduct of that officer had induced the proposition.)

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