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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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(p.291) 18 Recommendations
The Twenty-Fifth Amendment

John D. Feerick

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses recommendations for changes in current succession law. The chapter discusses the benefits of presidential inability and vice-presidential vacancy reform. Other suggestions include re-examination of the statutory line of succession, noting the legal objections by many scholars and the Framers of the Constitution as to the placement of legislative officers in the line and the threat to the principle of party continuity wherein leaders of Congress were in a political party different from the President’s. Additional suggestions include lengthening the line of succession, improving the process of choosing Vice Presidents, and dealing with contingencies, such as death and disability, that might occur in the pre-inaugural period. Finally, Therefore, in the consideration of any change in the Twenty-fifth Amendment, attention must be given to the interrelationship of its provisions, and to the fact that history provides examples of new rules’ producing unexpected and undesirable results.

Keywords:   Succession, statutory line, contingency, political party, legislative officers

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