This chapter discusses the differences between the House and Senate versions of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment. The failure of the House of Representatives to take any action in 1964 is not surprising, since it was anxious not to do anything that might be interpreted as a slap at its Speaker. The momentum for a solution was quickly reinforced by Johnson himself in his State of the Union message of January 4, 1965, in which he promised to “propose laws to insure the necessary continuity of leadership should the President become disabled or die.” Two days later S. J. Res. 1, which was identical to S. J. Res. 139 as passed by the Senate in September 1964, was introduced by Senator Bayh and co-sponsored by more than seventy other senators. At the conclusion of the debate on July 6, 1965, the Senate approved the measure by a vote of 68 to 5, and a few days later the legislation was on its way to the state legislatures for ratification as the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
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