Questions about 25th amendment?

Explain hows it works it just doesn't make sense to me. It goes president then vice president. can someone explains how it works like outline the sequence/series of events?????????? What it says in the US constitution doesn't make any sense to me.

2 Answers

  • Sídhe
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    The 25th Amendment defines how to fill the position of the presidency should the President be incapacitated, die, or is removed from office. It starts, of course, with the Vice President.

    There is a line of succession in case the President, Vice President, and other high ranking officials are all incapacitated at once.

    The line of succession goes 18 deep:

    1 Vice President (Joe Biden)

    2 Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi)

    3 President pro tempore of the Senate (Daniel Inouye)

    4 Secretary of State (Hillary Rodham Clinton)

    5 Secretary of the Treasury (Timothy Geithner)

    6 Secretary of Defense (Robert Gates)

    7 Attorney General (Eric Holder)

    8 Secretary of the Interior (Ken Salazar)

    9 Secretary of Agriculture (Tom Vilsack)

    10 Secretary of Commerce (Gary Locke)

    11 Secretary of Labor (Hilda Solis)

    12 Secretary of Health and Human Services (Kathleen Sebelius)

    13 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Shaun Donovan)

    14 Secretary of Transportation (Ray LaHood)

    15 Secretary of Energy (Steven Chu)

    16 Secretary of Education (Arne Duncan)

    17 Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Eric Shinseki)

    18 Secretary of Homeland Security (Janet Napolitano)

    It should be noted that during the State of the Union addresses, when the President, Vice President, and all of the people on the above list would be in the same room, one person on this list (randomly selected) is kept far away... just in case. This person is called the "Designated Survivor".

    However, the Designated Survivor is not a part of the 25th Amendment. It's just interesting.

    The 25th Amendment also requires the President to fill the position of Vice President if it is ever vacant. This has happened once since it's passage (Spiro Agnew resigned and was replaced by Gerald Ford).

    Lastly, the 25th Amendment gives the procedure on how to transfer power to the Vice President temporarily if the President is to be incapacitated (for example, undergoing surgery). The President sends a letter to the Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate stating the time that power will transition. The President then sends a second letter to Speaker of the House and President Pro Tempore of the Senate to take power back once he is no longer incapacitated.

  • 3 years ago

    there grew to become into already a provision interior the form that the vp might exchange into President if something exceeded off. It first exceeded off in 1841 with the loss of life of William Henry Harrison. even although, there grew to become into no provison to change the vp while he grew to alter into President. The twenty 5th exchange grants a technique to try this.

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