Proceedings relative to the veto
February 21, 1866
Speculation arises as the Freedmen's bill passes through the Senate without the support of President Johnson.
Some of the papers mistakenly assert that the Senate, on Monday, attempted to pass the Freedmen's Bureau bill over the President's veto, but failed to do so for want of three additional affirmative votes. No such action was had; and as the telegraph will doubtless inform our readers this morning as to what was done yesterday, we shall indulge in no speculations on the subject. Outside of the body it was said that a caucus of Republican members of Congress would be called last night to consider the crisis. Perhaps they concluded to get up another bill, which might avoid some of the objections. But it is more probably that they determined to pass the bill over the President's head.
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