PROCLAMATION TO CONVENE U.S. CONGRESS
March 4, 1879
WHEREAS, The final adjournment of the Forty-fifth Congress, without making the usual and necessary appropriations for the Legislative, Executive and Judicial expenses of the government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1880, and without making the usual and necessary appropriations for the support of the Army for the same fiscal year, presents an extraordinary occasion, requiring the President to exercise the power vested in him by the Constitution to convene the Houses of Congress in anticipation of the day fixed by law for the next meeting:
Now therefore, I Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States, do by virtue of the power to this end in me vested by the Constitution, convene both Houses of Congress to assemble at their respective chambers at 12 o’clock noon, Tuesday, the 18th day of March instant, then and there to consider and determine such measures as in their wisdom their duty, and the welfare of the people may seem to demand.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.