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shall be made up to the end of each fiscal year, and shall be reported to Congress at the commencement of each regular session.-R. S., Sec. 63.
The Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives shall, as soon as may be after the close of each session of Congress, prepare and publish a statement of all appropriations made during the session, a statement of the new offices created and the salaries attached to each, and a statement of the offices the salaries attached to which are increased, and the amount of such increase.- R. S., Sec. 64.
The Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of the House of Representatives shall annually advertise, once a week, for at least four weeks, in one or more of the principal papers published in the District of Columbia, for sealed proposals for supplying the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, during the next session of Congress with the necessary stationery.-Laws, 2, 43, p. 316.
The advertisement published under the preceding section must describe the kind of stationery required, and must require the proposals to be accompanied with sufficient security for their performance.—R. S., Sec. 66.
All such proposals shall be kept sealed until the day specified in such advertisement for opening the same, when the same shall be opened in the presence of at least two persons, and the contract shall be given to the lowest bidder, provided be shall give satisfactory security to perform the same, under a forfeiture not exceeding double the contract price in case of failure; and in case the lowest bidder sball fail to enter into such contract and give such security within a time to be fixed in such advertisement, then the contract shall be given to the next lowest bidder, wbo shall enter into such contract.
The three preceding sections shall not prevent either the Secretary or the Clerk from contracting for separate parts of the supplies of stationery required to be furnished.-R. S., Sec. 68.
The Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Rep. resentatives shall, in disbursing the public moneys for the use of the two houses, respectively, purchase only articles the growth and manufacture of the United States, provided the articles required can be procured of such growth and manufacture upon as good terms as to quality and price as are demanded for like articles of foreign growth and manufacture.--R. S., Sec. 69.
The Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Rep. resentatives, respectively, shall report to Congress on the first day of each regular session, and at the expiration of their terms of service, a full and complete statement of all their receipts and expenditures as such officers, showing in detail the items of expense, classifying them under the proper appropriations, and also showing the aggregate thereof, and exhibiting in a clear and concise manner the exact condition of all public moneys by them received, paid out, and remaining in their possession as such officers.-R. S., Sec. 70.
The Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, respectively, are entitled, for transcribing and certifying extracts from the Journal of the Senate or the Executive Journal of the Senate when the injunction of secrecy has been removed, or from the Journal of the House of Representatives, except when such transcripts are required by an officer of the United States in a matter relating to the duties of his office, to receive from the persons for whom such transcripts are prepared the sum of ten cents for each sheet containing one hundred words.R. S., Sec. 71.
The Secretary of the Senate, the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the Sergeant-at-Arms, the Postmasters of the Senate and House of Representatives, and the Doorkeeper of the House of Representatives, shall, severally, make out and return to Congress, on the first day of each regular session, and at the expiration of their respective terms of service, a full and complete account of all property belonging to the United States in their possession, respectively, at the time of returning such account.-R. S., Sec. 72.
All petitions and bills praying or providing for the satisfaction of private claims against the Government, founded upon any law of Congress, or upon any regulation of an Executive Department, or upon any contract, expressed or implied, with the government of the United States, shall, unless otherwise ordered by resolution of the house in which they are introduced, be transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate or the Clerk of the House of Representatives, with all the accompanying documents, to the Court of Claims.R. S., Sec. 1060.
No printing or binding shall be done, or blank-books furnished, for the House except on the written order of the Clerk.-R. S., Sec. 3789.
The Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives shall cause to be sent to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, at Dayton, in Ohio, and to the branches at Augusta, in Maine, and Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, at Hampton, Virginia, and the Soldiers' Home at Knightstown Springs, near Knightstown, in Indiana, each, one copy of each of the following documents: The Journals of each house of Congress at each and every session; all laws of Congress; the annual messages of the President, with accompanying documents; and all other documents or books which may be printed and bound by order of either house of Congress, including the Congressional Record.—R. S., Sec. 4837.
The Joint Committee ou the Library is authorized to grant the use of the Library to the Clerk of the House, subject to the same regulations as members of Congress.-R. S., Sec. 94.
By resolution of February 16, 1867, he is directed to furnish the "Globe" at each session a list of the members, with their post-office address, and the number of their seats.—Journal, 2, 39, p. 405.
The following duties are imposed upon the Clerk by the Rules of the House, viz:
He shall attest all writs, warrants, and subpænas issued by the House.-Rule 8, p. 104.
He shall enter upon the Journal, subject to the control and direction of the Speaker, such petitions and memorials as may be handed to him by members for reference.-Rule 131, p. 135.
He shall cause to be delivered all propositions adopted by the House requesting information from the President, or directing it to be furnished by the heads of departments.-Rule 53, p. 114. [His practice is to deliver in person all calls upon the President, and to transmit calls upon the Departments by a messenger or through the mail.
He shall refer all drawings, maps, charts, or other papers, which may at any time come before the House for engraving, lithographing, or publisbing in any way, to the members of the Committee on Printing on the part of the House.Rule 100, p. 126.
He shall prepare and cause to be delivered to each member, at. the commencement of every session of Congress, a list of the reports which it is the duty of any officer or Department of the Gov. ernment to make to Congress.—Rule 13, p. 106.
He shall, at the end of each session, send a printed copy of the Journal of the House to the executive, and to each branch of the legislature, of every State.--Rule 14, p. 106.
He shall note all questions of order, with the decision, and put them together at the end of the Journal of every session.-Rule 15, P.
He shall enter upon the Journal notices of bills which may be handed in by members.--Rule 15, p. 106.
He shall certify a bill that has passed, noting the day of its pas. sage at the foot thereof.-Rule 127, p. 133.
He shall sign all House bills which have passed the House.Joint Rule 5, p. 145.
He shall enroll on parchment all House bills which shall have passed both houses.-Joint Rule 6, p. 145. And shall certify on the back of the roll that the bill originated in the House of Repre. sentatives.—Joint Rule 9, p. 146. And all orders, resolutions, and votes which are to be presented to the President for his approbation shall also, in the same manner, be previously enrolled, exam. ined, and signed.—Joint Rule 10, p. 146.
He shall enter on a separate paper all amendments adopted in Committee of the Whole to a bill or report.-Rules 107, 109, p. 129. [The 107th Rule refers to manuscript bills, having been adopted prior to the practice of printing bills.]
He shall, within thirty days after the close of each session of Con. gress, cause to be completed the printing and primary distribution, to members and Delegates, of the Journal of the House, together with an accurate index to the same.-Rule 16, p. 106.
He shall retain in the library of his office, for the use of the members there, two copies of all the books and printed documents deposited in the library.-Rule 17, p. 106.
He shall have preserved for each member of the House an extra copy, in good binding, of all the documents printed by order of either house at each session. --Rule 18, p. 106.
He shall make a weekly statement of the resolutions and bills upon the Speaker's table.--Rule 19, p. 106. [This statement is
printed and placed upon each member's table every Monday morn. ing. There is, in like manner, placed upon their tables, every Friday, morning, a statement of all the bills and resolutions upon the Calendar, designating whether in Committee of the Whole House or of the Whole House on the state of the Union.]
The Clerk is charged with the enforcement of the rule prohibiting any person from entering the room over the ball of the House when the House is in session.-Rule 166, p. 143.
The number prefixed to the section of a bill, being merely a mar. ginal indication, and no part of the text of the bill, the Clerk regulates that.Manual, p. 80. He also gives numbers to the bills and joint resolutions as they are introduced or reported.]
Messages (between the two houses) shall be sent by such persons as a sense of propriety in each house may determine to be proper.Joint Rule 4, p. 145. [All messages from the House to the Senate are conveyed by the Clerk or one of bis assistants.]
In addition to the foregoing, there are various other duties appertaining to the office of Clerk, under the usage and practice of the House, which are discharged by himself and his appointees.
He prepares estimates of the expenses of the House of Representatives, and disburses the contingent fund of the House, keeping accounts with the Treasury of the United States of the various items of appropriation for that object. He also disburses the salary fund of the various officers and employés of the House.
He keeps the minutes of proceedings in the House, and makes out, subject to the control of the Speaker, the Journal of said proceedings, in readiness for the same to be read at the next meeting of the House. He also prepares the index to the Journal at the end. of each session.
He keeps the minutes of proceedings in Committees of the Whole; records all votes taken by yeas and nays, and prepares copies of the same for the printer of the Journal.
He reads all messages, bills, and other papers required by the House to be read, and calls the roll of members.
He keeps the files of the House, preserving all petitions and other papers belonging to its archives, arranged alphabetically, and under the head of the Congress at which they were last acted upon.
He keeps a book in which are entered, numerically, the titles of