In January 1899, Senator Bacon introduced to the US Senate resolutions which concluded thus:
Had the US Senate decided to vote on the Bacon resolutions before the outbreak of the Philippine-American war on February 4, 1899, the it would most probably have passed.
In the emotional times after the outbreak of hostilities, on February 14, 1899, ironically Valentine's day, the US Senate voted 29 to 29, with the Vice President casting the deciding vote which defeated it.
Had a single senator who voted Nay voted Aye, the United States could have avoided the $300,000,000 cost of the war, and saved the lives of tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers, and of many hundreds of thousands of Filipino civilians.
We reproduce this historic vote thus:
Jones of Arkansas
Jones of Nevada
Platt of Connecticut
Platt of New York
Later, Sen. Lodge said at the Philadelphia National Republican Convention of 1900 that:
We make no hypocritical pretence of being interested in the Philippines solely on account of others. We believe in Trade Expansion.
Source : American Occupation of the Philippines 1898/1912. James A. Blount
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