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House Republicans vote to set up a joint committee to determine the suitability of Southern representation

Legislative Iconic image, U.S. Capitol, 2008
12/02/1865
The House of Representatives Republican caucus, 124 strong, met in the evening and voted unanimously on a recommendation from Thaddeus Stevens and his Special Committee that Congress set up a Joint Committee of six congressmen and six senators to gauge "the condition" of the former Confederate states.  No member from former Confederate states would be seated until the committee had made its determination "whether they, or any of them are entitled to be represented in either house of Congress...".  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
"The Republican Caucus - A Resolution on the Admission of Southern Representatives," Chicago Tribune, December 3, 1865, p. 1.