This chapter discusses perceived weaknesses in the presidential succession system following the terrorist attacks of September 11. The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, was unprecedented in its tragic impact on the lives of innocent Americans. Congress commenced hearings on the subjects of “Ensuring the Continuity of the United States Government: The Presidency” and the “Presidential Succession Act of 1947.” Proposed constitutional amendments and bills were introduced as well in Congress to address perceived weaknesses in the presidential succession system. Most recently, on December 17, 2010, Representative Sherman proposed H. R. 6557, the Presidential Succession Act of 2010. The bill essentially returns to the 2003 proposal providing the President with the ability to determine which House and Senate leaders would be in the line of succession.
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