Speech of Hon. Samuel S. Cox, of New York, in the House of Representatives: For Adherence to Retrenchment, Saturday, June 17, 1876, on the Presidents Message Relating to Appropriations Samuel Sullivan Cox

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Speech of Hon. Samuel S. Cox, of New York, in the House of Representatives: For Adherence to Retrenchment, Saturday, June 17, 1876, on the Presidents Message Relating to Appropriations  by  Samuel Sullivan Cox

Speech of Hon. Samuel S. Cox, of New York, in the House of Representatives: For Adherence to Retrenchment, Saturday, June 17, 1876, on the Presidents Message Relating to Appropriations by Samuel Sullivan Cox
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Excerpt from Speech of Hon. Samuel S. Cox, of New York, in the House of Representatives: For Adherence to Retrenchment, Saturday, June 17, 1876, on the Presidents Message Relating to AppropriationsNor has the recent convention of the republicanMoreExcerpt from Speech of Hon. Samuel S.

Cox, of New York, in the House of Representatives: For Adherence to Retrenchment, Saturday, June 17, 1876, on the Presidents Message Relating to AppropriationsNor has the recent convention of the republican people at Cincinnati given any definite conclusion on that matter. All conclusions have been general and inconclusive. There are no remedies proposed. Why, sir, in Cincinnati the other day, was it an uncertain or a certain sound as to the repeal of this resumption law? I say to the House what I said the other day, that the Committee on Banking and Currency will take that matter up for consideration as soon as a quoram appears.

We have no desire to postpone it now that a privilege is afforded us to report at any time. A quorum will be here on Monday. All intimations of disinclination to consider and report on that critical question will be easily repelled by the frankness and future action of that committee which has been peculiarly honored by the House.The Great Rule Of Retrenchment - 120.But the matter now before the House is brought here by the message of the President. It is significant of conflict, and calls for pluck, faith, virtue, and popular defiance.

The debate from one side is an attack on Rule 120 as amended. The object of the amendment of that rule, as gentlemen know very well, was to allow the Committee on Appropriations to retrench and reduce expenditures and salaries. The object of the old rule, I do not care by whom enacted, was to allow them only to increase.It has been decided, says Barclay, (page 16, ) that under Rule 120 it is not in order to propose an amendment to a general appropriation bill which changes existing law.

But on the same page it is said that it was also decided that the latter branch of the rule not only permitted amendments increasing salaries, but was framed for that very purpose.Increase only! Not decrease at all. No wonder this new Congress, fresh from an impoverished and indignant people, desired more virtue in our rules as well as rulers.

What virtue comes from the new rule, which strikes out increasing and inserts its opposite, is due to the honest gentleman from Indiana [Mr. Holman] or the Committee on Rules, who reported that peculiar amendment which he sent to us. It is duo as well to the House which has so gallantly sustained the Appropriation Committee in giving effect to the amended rule. From this fountain of pure legislation will come what relief a frugal people will receive from the exactions of profligate legislatures and a more profligate administration.The amendment from the Committee on Rules was intended to remove our disability to economize.

It passed with some disgruntling remarks from gentlemen opposite. It has had several ordeals, but it has come out thus far burnished and purified. Its results arc seen in the various reductions which I will hereafter refer to.How The Senate Received The Retrenching Rule.It may be proper to say that the Senate received it in no pleasant mood- and their action upon the bills passed under its auspices shows plainly that the reform it would work is not acceptable to that body.

They fear it will encroach upon their prerogative, or that it will repeal bad laws. However, I venture to say that there was no other mode left to kill the parasite alike with the monster which had been so long eating up the substance of the people by ordinate salaries and scandalous outlays. Besides, it was framed in the very spirit of the best parliamentary law.

If it be an innovation, it is a wise one, for what does it not save through the agency of fresh and jest legislation?About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com



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