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Hepburn of Iowa, passed again, by a vote of 346 to 7. There was strong support in the House, but members also had a free vote, since again they knew the measure would be decided in the Senate. Democrats gave the administration many votes in the House and were likely to repeat the process in the Senate. 14 The main Republican advocate of the Hepburn bill was Jonathan P. Dolliver of Iowa. Long an Allison protégé, he had become sympathetic to railroad reform, because of pressure from his constituents but also because he believed that the excesses of the rail lines had to be restrained.
The treaty sailed through in February 1904 by a vote of 66 to 14. Gorman had been embarrassed and his leadership called into question. The Democrats continued as a powerless minority in the chamber. ”36 Since 1904 was a presidential election year, the upper house adjourned on May 7 and awaited the results of the voting in November. One prominent Republican senator, Mark Hanna of Ohio, had been a potential challenger to Roosevelt’s nomination. After he got to the White House, Roosevelt had been very suspicious of Hanna, who had been McKinley’s good friend and political ally and backer.
From 1901 to 1904 Roosevelt and the Senate felt each other out in readiness for the disputes over government regulation of business that would lie ahead if he gained a second term. S. senator was by no means a full-time job. Congress assembled each year in early December. In odd-numbered years, the session had no fixed time limit and could stretch through the spring and into the early summer before the heat of the city caused everyone who could to flee for cooler climes. Sessions in even-numbered years occurred after a presidential or congressional election, and in the first three decades of the twentieth century, presidential inaugurations fell on March 4, so sessions that opened in even-numbered years by law had to adjourn before March 4 of the following year.