This Week in Reconstruction, February 12-17, 1866
Discussions regarding the Freedmen's Bureau bill dominate the Dispatch as the decision for approval or disapproval approaches. The Dispatch believes that Johnson opposes the passage of the bill but fears that a two-thirds majority in Congress will pass the bill without the approval of the President. Dissatisfaction with Johnson and his progress also leads to calls for his impeachment in the Dispatch. There is also talk of a split within the Republican party as members aim to found a party that encompasses the ideals of both Republicans and Democrats in order to stop the intra-party disagreements that stall the passage of legislation in Congress.