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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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Early Steps to Solve the Inability Problem

Early Steps to Solve the Inability Problem

(p.49) 4 Early Steps to Solve the Inability Problem
The Twenty-Fifth Amendment

John D. Feerick

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses proposals introduced in Congress to combat the inability problem. Although during Congressional hearings there had been general agreement on the need for a constitutional amendment to confirm the Tyler precedent with respect to cases of death, resignation, and removal, and to provide for an Acting President in a case of inability, considerable disagreement arose over the mechanics of determining the beginning and ending of an inability. Each of the numerous proposals advanced had its adherents and critics. None had sufficient support for passage. The end of the Eisenhower administration and the election of a young vigorous President Kennedy reduced the problem of presidential inability to a low priority until President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

Keywords:   Proposal, assassination, Congress, subcommittee, inability

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