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Creation of the Executive

House Debate, June 25, 1789
House Debate, June 25, 1789, June 2, 1789
(New York Daily Advertiser, June 26, 1789
--Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

DHFFC Transcription, DHFFC, v. 11,p. 1044-1047

Debate over the creation of the treasury department focused on two concerns. The first of these was, should its secretary have a different relationship with Congress from that of the heads of other departments? Specifically, should he be authorized to report directly to Congress rather than through the president, and if so, should he have the privilege of doing so in person rather than in writing? Here is part of the debate on that subject.

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