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AMEND THE RULES,
FEBRUARY 23, 1830.
FEBRUARY 24, 1830.
Mr. STERIGERE submitted the following amendment of the Rules of the
Resolved, That the following shall be added to the Standing Rules of this House:
It shall be the duty of the Clerk of this House, upon the request of either of the Standing or Select Committees, to procure, in such manner, and on such terms, as may be approved by the Speaker and Committee of Accounts, any map, chart, or drawing, or copy thereof, for the use of said Committee, as in the opinion of such Committee may be necessary for the proper discharge of its duties; the expenses thereof to be paid out of the contingent fund of the House.
WEST POINT ACADEMY.
FEBRUARY 25, 1830.
Mr. CROCKETT submitted the following
1. Resolved, That, if the bounty of the Government is to be at all bestowed, the destitute poor, and not the rich and influential, are the objects who most claim it, and to whom the voice of humanity most loudly calls the attention of Congress.
2. Resolved, That no one class of the citizens of these United States has an exclusive right to demand or receive, for purposes of education, or for other purposes, more than an equal and ratable proportion of the funds of the naiional treasury, which is replenished by a common contribution, and, in some instances, more at the cost of the poor man, who has but little to defend, than that of the rich man, who seldom fights to defend himself or his property.
3. Resolved, That each and every institution calculated, at the public expense, and under the patronage and sanction of the Government, to grant exclusive privileges, except in consideration of public services, is not only aristocratic, but a downright invasion of the rights of the citizen, and a violation of the civil compact called the Constitution.
4. Resolved, further, that the Military Academy at West Point is subject to the foregoing objections, inasmuch as those who are educated there, receive their instruction at the public expense, and are generally the sons of the rich and influential, who are able to educate their own children; while the sons of the poor, for want of active friends, are often neglected, or, if educated even at the expense of their parents, or by the liberality of their friends, are superseded in the service by Cadets, educated at the West Point Academy.
5. Resolved, therefore, and for the foregoing reasons, that said institution should be abolished, and the appropriations annually made for its support discontinued
March 18, 1830.
Mr. FORWARD submitted the following
esolved, That the Committee on Retrenchment be insu uciu w 19port to this House a bill reducing the annual salaries of the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of War, Secretary of the Navy, and Postmaster General, respectively, to the sum of four thousand five hundred dollars, instead of the present compensation of six thousand dollars, each.
2. Resolved, That the Committee on Retrenchment be instructed to bring in a bill fixing the compensation of Members of the Senate and Members of the House of Representatives and Delegates from the Territories, at seven dollars per day, and seven dollars for every twenty miles' travel, instead of the present compensation of eight dollars per day, and eight dollars for every twenty miles' travel.
3. Resolved, That the Committee on Retrenchment be instructed to report a bill providing for the payment of the following annual salaries, to wit: To the Secretary of the Senate, and Clerk of the House of Representatives, two thousand dollars each, in lieu of their respective salaries of $3,000. To their principal clerks, thirteen hundred dollars each, instead of their present salaries of $ 1,800 each; and to their engrossing clerks, each, the sum of eleven hundred and fifty dollars, in lieu of their present compensation of $1,500.
4. Resolved, That the Committee on Retrenchment be instructed to report a bill fixing the salaries of the Sergeants-at-arms, Doorkeepers, and Assistant Doorkeepers of the Senate and House of Representatives at eleven hundred and fifty dollars each per annum, instead of their present allowances, of fifteen hundred dollars to the Sergeants-at-arms and Doorkeepers, and fourteen hundred and fifty dollars to their
Assistants. 5. Resolved, That the Committee on Retrenchment be required to report a bill, or bills, providing for the payment of the annual salaries to the Auditors, Comptrollers of the Treasury, the Commissioner of the General Land Office, Register of the Treasury, and the Treasurer, each, $2,000, in place of $ 3,500 to the First Comptroller, and $3,000 to the others, their present compensation: To the Chief Clerks in each of the Executive Departments $ 1,500, instead of $ 2,000, as at present: To the Chief Clerk in the General Post Office $1,500, instead of $ 1,700, his present compensation: To the Chief Clerk in the Office of each Comptroller, Auditor, Commissioner of the General Land Office, Treasurer, and Register of the Treasury, $ 1,300, instead of $ 1,700, as at present; and to each of the other Clerks in the Executive Departments at Washington $ 1,150: To the assistanı Postmasters General, each, $ 2,000, instead of $2,500, as at present.