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The Twenty-Fifth AmendmentIts Complete History and Application$
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John D. Feerick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823252008

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823252008.001.0001

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Congressional Action

Congressional Action

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The Twenty-Fifth Amendment

John D. Feerick

Fordham University Press

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.

Keywords:   Bill, terrorist, Sherman, September 11, Presidential Succession Act

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