Proclamation—Convening Extra Session of Congress
By the President of the United States of America
Whereas, by the special message dated January 26, 1911, there was transmitted to the Senate, and the House of Representatives an agreement between the Department of State and the Canadian Government in regard to reciprocal tariff legislation, together with an earnest recommendation that the necessary legislation be promptly adopted; and
Whereas, a bill to carry into effect said agreement has passed the House of Representatives, but has failed to reach a vote in the Senate; and
Whereas, the agreement stipulates not only that "the President of the United States will communicate to Congress the conclusions now reached and recommend the adoption of such legislation as may be necessary on the part of the United States to give effect to the proposed arrangement," but also that " the Governments of the two countries will use their utmost efforts to bring about such changes by concurrent legislation at Washington and at Ottawa":
Now, Therefore, I, William Howard Taft, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the power vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby proclaim and declare that an extraordinary occasion requires the convening of both Houses of the Congress of the United States at their respective chambers in the city of Washington on the 4th day of April, 1911, at 12 o'clock noon, to the end that they may consider and determine whether the Congress shall, by the necessary legislation, make operative the agreement.
All persons entitled to act as Members of the Sixty-second Congress are required to take notice of this proclamation.
Given under my hand and the seal of the United States at Washington the 4th day of March, A.D. 1911, and of the independence of the United States at Washington the 4th day of March, A.D. 1911, and of the United States the one hundred and thirty-fifth.
WM H TAFT
By the President:
P. C. KNOX
Secretary of State.
William Howard Taft, Proclamation—Convening Extra Session of Congress Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/364912