The Congress: Rural Rule

Which is the more binding upon Congress — the House-made rules of the House of Representatives or an ambiguous clause in the Constitution of the U.S.? Last week the House, encouraged by Speaker Nicholas Longworth, voted in favor of its rules, 265-87. As always, the House voted in accordance with its political interests, the only unusual feature of this vote being that the political interests of the majority of both parties were identical.

The Constitution provides that a census shall be taken every ten years. Agreeably,...

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