MVB Senate remarks on the public printer, 1 March 1827

MVB Senate remarks on the public printer, 1 March 1827

SENATE.

Mr. VAN BUREN said, that he should vote against the resolution, not because he was at all solicitous whether the election was made by plurality or by a majority, but because he considered the Senate as concluded by the joint resolutions of 1819. He gave his reasons why those resolutions should be regarded as paramount and binding, derived from their nature, phraseology, and the practice of Congress under them. He had so considered them himself: for he had long been of opinion that the public interest might be promoted, the condition of the press, as well here as throughout the country, improved, and respect for the Senate, and accuracy in the publication of the proceedings of the Senate, better secured, by a judicious revision of laws relative to the public printing at large. But he had not supposed that, as the whole was now regulated by law, (a concurrent resolution being the same thing) that the revision could be made otherwise than by an act of the same solemnity. A bill had last year been reported by a committee, of which he was a member, embracing part of the subject, but it had not yet been acted upon. At a more convenient season, he hoped the subject would be revised, and he promised himself the best results from such provision as the nature of the subject was susceptible of.

The resolution was then adopted.

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