Secret Sessions of the Senate

Archive Report

Late afternoon editions on Tuesday, January 22, 1929, of newspapers receiving the service of the United Press Associations published a copyrighted dispatch by Paul R. Mellon purporting to give the roll call taken in a secret session of the Senate the day before which resulted in confirmation of the nomination of Roy 0. West to be Secretary of the Interior, When the Senate began consideration of the West appointment on Friday, January 18, it voted down in executive session a motion by Senator Nye, Republican, North Dakota, that the nomination be considered in open session. And before opening its doors after the West appointment had been confirmed, the Senate defeated a motion to make public the roll call, which, on the following day, was ...

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