No Vote in the Senate Yet.

January 18, 1870


Virginia was not admitted back into the Union due to a filibuster.


Our telegraphic news informs us that there was no vote in the Senate yesterday upon the question of admitting Virginia to representation. Mr. Edmund's moved his amendment-requiring members of the Legislature to swear that they are not disqualified by the fourteenth amendment-to the House bill (Bingham's resolution), but before a veto was taken the Senate adjourned. Of course upon this state of things sensational telegrams will have a second growth, and yield an abundant crop. The public should pay little heed to them. The Senate does not employ the gag of the previous question, and a vote cannot be forced there as in the House. Furthermore, a rule of the Senate prohibits the reading more than once on the day it is taken up, of a bill from the House, except by unanimous consent; and of course Mr. Sumner was the man to object. It is indeed a disappointment that another day passes without the restoration of Virginia. But a people who have borne near five years of trial and exclusion from the right to govern themselves can easily endure a day or two of disappointment.
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