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CONGRESS ADJOURNS RECORD
Washington, Sept- 8. Congress
adjourned at 10 o'clock today.
The session that had lasted longer
and saw more dramatic moments
than any in recent history, and that
had appropriated more money than
any congress preceding it, came to a
close amid scenes that contained lit
tle of the spectacular or the bizarre.
The greatest record smashing was
' in appropriations. The" congress just
-closed authorized approximately
$1,711,383,682.64 appropriations for
the next fiscal year and $226,875,366
in contracts. Under the latter head
were appropriations of $506,000 in
the further urgency deficiency act,
$85,000 in the legislative, executive
arid judicial bill, $2,287,950 for rivers
and harbors, $5,107,000 carried in
the civil sundry act and $205,089,416
in the naval act.
The revenue measures passed last
night contained provision by which
the president is given power drasti
cally to retaliate against the British
blacklist and the British mail seizure.
If, in the president's opinion, a for
eign government, engaged in a war
in which the U. S. is not participat
ing, is shown to be discriminating
against American shippers, ships of
the nation involved can be seized and
the ship captain imprisoned.
WHAT CONGRESS DID
Reorganized and tremendously in
creased both army and navy. .
Made biggest appropriations in his
tory of congress. "Preparedness"
totals, close to $700,000,000, are the
largest peace-time military budgets
in the history of the world.
Stopped shipments in interstate
commerce of child labor products.
Passed rural credits act guaran
teeing long-term,. low-rate loans to
farmers.
Granted Philippines greater self
government. Placed heavy expenses of govern
ment on munitions, incomes and in
heritances, v,
OF SESSION
Passed $42,000,000 river and har
bors'bill. Passed act for government-owned
$50,000,000 merchant marine.
Confirmed Louis D. Brandeis and
John H. Clarke for supreme court.
Voted to investigate railways.
1 Took sugar from free list, created
tariff commission, levied protective
tariff on dye-stuffs, passed "anti
dumping" act.
Adopted workmen's compensation
principle for U. S. employes.
Increased the maximum amount
allowed to be deposited in postal
banks.
Confirmed Danish treaty, refused
to confirm Colombian treaty which
would have paid $25,000,000 for Co
lombia's wounded feelings for the
United State's alleged aiding the
Panama revolution.
Passed drastic retaliatory measure
as part of the $205,000,000 revenue
bill by which the president is empow
ereif to use the army and navy to
uphold rights of American citizens
against blackmail and interference
with mails.
Passed 8-hour lawfor railroad em
ployes engaged in operating inter
state trains, thereby averting nation
wide strike.
EFFORTS THAT FAILED
Suffrage and prohibition denied a
.roll call test vote.
'LaPollette's fight beaten in fight
on "secret diplomacy."
LaPollette's fight to prevent use of
army and navy to collect debts of
private investors in other lands given
only ten votes.
Confirmation of Federal Trade
Commissioner Rubles blocked in sen
ate out of "senatorial courtesy" to
Gallinger, New Hampshire.
Immigration bill buried in senate's
"Unfinished business."
Conservation measures lost be
cause two houses could not agree.
Plea for publicity of income tax
returns scarcely givea1 notice.

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