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Wednesday, January 7, 1959
First session of the Eighty-sixth Congress convened.
Means, Appropriations, and House Administration.
Senate Chamber Action
Hour of meeting: S. Res. 4, setting the hour of 12
o'clock meridian as the hour of daily meeting of the Resolutions Submitted: Five resolutions were sub
Senate unless otherwise ordered.
Pages 7-8 mitted, as follows: S. Res. 1-5.
Senators From Alaska: Following presentation, readSwearing In of Newly Elected Senators: The follow
ing, and filing of their credentials, Senators Bartlett and ing 32 Senators, elected in November 1958 for the term
Gruening, of Alaska, were sworn in. expiring in 1965, were sworn in: Senators Beall, Byrd (Virginia), Byrd (West Virginia), Cannon, Chavez, Pursuant to provisions of S. Res. I, previously adopted, Dodd, Engle, Goldwater, Gore, Hart, Hartke, Holland, Senator Gruening drew slip No. 3, providing for expiraHruska, Jackson, Keating, Kennedy, Langer, Mansfield, tion of his term on January 3, 1963, and Senator Bartlett McCarthy, McGee, Moss, Muskie, Pastore, Prouty, Prox- drew slip No. 2, providing for expiration of his term on mire, Scott, Stennis, Symington, Williams (New January 3, 1961. Jersey), Williams (Delaware), Yarborough, and Young Senate Rules: Senator Johnson (Texas) submitted (Ohio).
S. Res. 5, to amend Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of In addition, the following two Senators were sworn Senate by permitting cloture on vote of two-thirds of in for the balance of the unexpired terms to which they
Senators present and voting, to extend cloture to motions had been elected in November 1958: Senators Jordan
to proceed to consider a change in the Standing Rules (1961) and Randolph (1961).
of Senate, and to provide that rules of Senate shall conProcedural Resolutions Adopted: The Senate adopted tinue from one Congress to the next unless changed as the following procedural resolutions:
provided in the rules. Consideration of this resolution Classes of Alaska Senators: S. Res. 1, providing for
was prevented by objection of Senator Case (New determination by lot of classes to which Senators from Jersey), and the resolution was ordered to lie over 1 day Alaska shall be assigned.
under the rule. Senator Johnson (Texas) then subNotification of quorum: S. Res. 2, providing for the
mitted notice of intention to move to amend Standing appointment of two Senators to advise the President Rules of Senate in manner provided in S. Res. 5,
above that a quorum of the Senate is present and ready to described.
Pages 8-11 receive any message. Senators Johnson of Texas and
Adjournment: Adjourned at 1:32 p.m. Dirksen were appointed to this committee.
Legislative program: S. Res. 3, advising the House Committee Meetings that a quorum of the Senate is present and ready to transact business.
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
Committee Reports: The following 15 reports were filed by Committees of the 85th Congress subsequent to its adjournment:
Activity of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, 85th Congress (H. Rept. 2705);
Legislative Control of Federal Positions and Salaries (H. Rept. 2706);
Report of the Special Committee to Investigate and Study the Operation and Enforcement of the Hatch Political Activities Act (H. Rept. 2707);
Report of Special Committee to Investigate Campaign Expenditures, 1958 (H. Rept. 2708);
Report of Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration entitled “International Cooperation in the Exploration of Space” (H. Rept. 2709);
Report of Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration entitled “The United States and Outer Space” (H. Rept. 2710);
Report of Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce entitled “Independent Regulatory Commissions” (H. Rept. 2711);
Report of Committee on Government Operations entitled “Forty-second Report Pertaining to Government Programs in International Education” (H. Rept. 2712);
Report of Select Committee on Small Business entitled "Price Discrimination in the Distribution of Dairy Products” (H. Rept. 2713);
Report of Select Committee on Small Business entitled “Law Enforcement Activities Affecting Small Business" (H. Rept. 2714);
Report of Select Committee on Small Business entitled “Interim Report on ‘Definition of Small Business' by Subcommittee No. 2" (H. Rept. 2715);
Report of Select Committee on Small Business entitled "Small Business Problems in the Aluminum Industry” (H. Rept. 2716);
Report of Select Committee on Small Business entitled “Problems in the Poultry Industry” (H. Rept. 2717);
Report of Selected Committee on Small Business entitled “Final Report” (H. Rept. 2718); and
Report of the Committee on the District of Columbia entitled “Report of the Special Subcommittee To Investigate the Operation, Administration, and Enforce
ment of the Public Works Act of 1954, the Revenue Act of 1956, and the Organization, Management, Operation, and Administration of the Department of Public Health of the District of Columbia" (H. Rept. 2719). Election of Speaker: By a vote of 281 to 148, with 2 Members-elect voting present, Sam Rayburn, of Texas, was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives over Charles A. Halleck, of Indiana. The Speaker was escorted to the Chair by Representatives Halleck, McCormack, Vinson, Cannon, and Hoeven.
Representative Vinson administered the oath of office to the Speaker, who subsequently administered the oath to 430 Members-elect en bloc. Representative-elect Alford of the Fifth Congressional District of Arkansas was requested to stand aside during the en bloc oath administration when objection was raised by Representative Dingell to the swearing in of Mr. Alford. Subsequently the House by a voice vote adopted H. Res. 1, authorizing the administration of the oath of office to Representative-elect Alford, which was immediately done by the Speaker.
Pages 12-14 Party Leaders: It was announced that Representatives McCormack and Halleck were selected as majority and minority leaders, respectively.
Page 14 Election of House Officers: Adopted H. Res. 2, electing the following officers of the House of Representatives:
Ralph R. Roberts, Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Zeake W. Johnson, Jr., Sergeant at Arms.
Rev. Bernard Braskamp, D.D., Chaplain. Notify Senate: Adopted H. Res. 4, to inform the Senate that a quorum of the House had assembled and had elected Sam Rayburn, a Representative from the State of Texas, Speaker; and Ralph R. Roberts, Clerk of the House of Representatives. Notify President: Adopted H. Res. 5, authorizing the Speaker to appoint a committee of three Members to join with a like committee of the Senate to notify the President that a quorum of each House has been assembled and that Congress is ready to receive any communications that he may be pleased to make. Subsequently the Speaker appointed Representatives McCormack, Price, and Halleck. Inform President: Adopted H. Res. 6, authorizing the Clerk of the House to inform the President that the
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House of Representatives had elected Sam Rayburn, a Representative from the State of Texas, Speaker; and Ralph R. Roberts, Clerk of the House of Representatives.
Page 15 House Rules: Adopted H. Res. 7, providing that the rules of the House of Representatives for the 86th Congress will be the same as those of the 85th Congress.
The calling of a recess was made in order at any time on Friday. Appropriations Committee: Adopted H. Res. 13, fixing the membership of the Committee on Appropriations at 50 for the duration of the 86th Congress. Also adopted H. Res. 14, authorizing the committee to sit during sessions of the House. Committee Employees: Adopted H. Res. 15, providing that standing committees of the House shall have authority to approve the employment and compensation of committee employees from January 3, 1959, or such subsequent dates as their services commenced.
Minority Employees: Adopted H. Res. 8, announcing the selection, and fixing the salaries, of the following minority employees: Harry L. Brookshire, William R. Bonsell, Tom J. Kennamer, Beecher Hess, and James P. Griffin.
Page 15 Resignations: Heard the reading of letters of resignation from the following: Representative Wigglesworth, of the 13th Congressional District of Massachusetts; and Representative Latham, of the 4th Congressional District of New York.
Page 15 Majority Committee Assignments: Adopted H. Res. 9, electing certain majority Members to the following standing committees: House Administration, Rules, Ways and Means, and Appropriations.
Page 15 Hour of Meeting: Adopted H. Res. 10, fixing the hour of meeting in the House of Representatives at 12 o'clock
NATO Parliamentary Conference: Announcement was made by the Speaker that, on November 11, he had appointed Representative McGovern a delegate to the NATO Parliamentary Conference to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Representative McCarthy.
Page 17 House Office Building Commission: The Speaker appointed Representatives Vinson and Auchincloss to serve with him on the House Office Building Commission.
Page 18 Condolence Resolutions: Adopted H. Res. 16, 17, and 18, providing for expressions of sympathy and condolences on the death of Representatives Eberharter, Simpson of Illinois, and McGregor, respectively.
Page 18 Adjournment: Adjourned at 1:51 p.m. Committee Meetings
No committee meetings were held.
Thursday, January 8, 1959
Senate debated matter of rules changes.
Chamber Action Resolution Submitted: One resolution was submitted, as follows: S. Res. 6.
Page 171 Joint Session: Senate adopted H. Con. Res. 1, providing for a joint session of Congress on Friday, January 9, to hear the President deliver his state of the Union message.
Senate Rules: S. Res. 5 was laid before the Senate, it having come over under the rule from the previous day. This resolution would amend Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate by permitting cloture on vote of two-thirds of Senators present and voting, to extend cloture to motions to proceed to consider a change in the Standing Rules of the Senate, and to provide that rules of Senate shall continue from one Congress to the