MVB Senate remarks on salt duty, 18 April 1828
Friday, April 18, 1828.
Mr. VAN BUREN said, that he had been against the discussion of the bill on two occasions on which it had formerly been proposed for consideration; and he was satisfied then, as he was now, that the time spent in discussing this bill would be uselessly employed. He had been anxious that it might be decided without a debate upon its merits. He stated, on a former occasion, when it was moved to take it up, his reasons why it ought to lie upon the table; but in compliance with the desire of other gentlemen, he had withdrawn his motion, and the bill was discussed as far as he had thought would be profitable. At the eve of the discussion, a motion to lay it on the table prevailed. The motion had twice been made since to take it up, and in both instances he had voted against it. He should do so now, for the same reasons that had influenced him before.