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VOTE: H 1-3. Foreign Affairs Act of 1789

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1st Congress

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES

Mr. Owens of Virginia, for himself, introduced,

A BILL,

To establish an executive department, to be denominated the Department of State.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Sec. 1. 

That there shall be an Executive department, to be denominated the Department of State, and that there shall be a principal officer therein, to be called the Secretary of the Department of State, who shall perform and execute such duties as shall from time to time be enjoined on or in-trusted to him by the President of the United States, agreeable to the Constitution, relative to correspondences, commissions or instructions to or with public ministers or consuls, from the United States, or to negotiations with public ministers from foreign states or princes, or to memorials or other applications from foreign public ministers or other foreigners, or to such other matters respecting foreign affairs, as the President of the United States shall assign to the said department; and furthermore, that the said principal officer shall conduct the business of the said department in such manner as the President of the United States shall from time to time order or instruct.

Sec. 2. 

That there shall be in the said department, an inferior officer, to be appointed by the said principal officer, and to be employed therein as he shall deem proper, and to be called the chief Clerk in the Department of State, and who, whenever the said principal officer shall be removed from office by the President of the United States, or in any other case of vacancy, shall during such vacancy have the charge and custody of all records, books and papers appertaining to the said department.

Sec. 3. 

That the said principal officer, and every other person to be appointed or employed in the said department, shall, before he enters on the execution of his office or employment, take an oath or affirmation, well and faithfully to execute the trust committed to him.

Sec. 4

That the Secretary for the Department of State, to be appointed in consequence of this act, shall forthwith after his appointment, be entitled to have the custody and charge of all records, books and papers in the office of Secretary for the Department of State, heretofore established by the United States in Congress assembled.

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Speaker Frederick Muhlenberg (I-PA)

This bill is brought up for debate by the House for no less than 72 hours.

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Mr. Speaker,

I believe that this department is necessary to our relations with other nations, and so I urge this congress to unanimously support this bill.

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Mr. Speaker,

To emulate the great powers of Europe, it is right and good that the President have proper advisors and ministers to represent him and our new nation to other nations around the world.  I urge the passage of this bill.

I yield.

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Time for debate has expired. We will now move to a 72 hour vote. Please cast your votes as a reply to this thread.

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NPC Votes
  Total Aye Nay Present
Northern Federalist 3 3    
Central Federalist 3 3    
Southern Federalist 2 2    
Northern Republicans 0      
Central Republicans 0      
Southern Republicans 5 1 2 2
Northern Independents 9 8 1  
Central Independents 11 9 1 1
Southern Independents 11 7 3 1
  44 33 7 4

Aye:                      
House (Main) Virginia Federalist $21,500 36 30 23 22 18 2 82
House (Main) New York Federalist $7,150 48 39 58 47 38 3 80
House (Main) Massachusetts Federalist $6,000 23 16 21 18 22 1 64
House (Main) New York Federalist $21,500 1 18 30 8 13 0 31
House (Main) North Carolina Federalist $6,500 32 15 14 27 14 3 64
House (Main) Pennsylvania Republican $20,000 34 31 20 16 20 2 45
House (Main) Rhode Island Independent $20,000 30 24 60 30 30 1 86
Nay:                      
House (Main) New York Republican $20,000 49 36 35 47 35 2 79
Present:                      

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Foreign Affairs Act
  Federalists Republicans Independents Total
Aye 13 2 25 40
Nay 0 3 5 8
Abstain 0 2 2 4
Total 13 7 32 52

 

The bill passes the House and will be sent to the Senate for their consideration.

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SENATE: Foreign Affairs Act
  Federalists Republicans Independents Total
Aye 7 2 8 17
Nay   3 5 8
Abstain   1   1
Total 7 6 13 26

The bill has passed Congress and is being sent to the President for his signature or veto.

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