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TEXT OF THE 25th AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

Section 1.  In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Section 2.  Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

Section 3.  Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

Section 4.  Whenever the President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.  Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter declaration, or, if Congress is not in session within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

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1787:  The Constitutional Convention
1790:  The Father Falls Ill
1792:  First Pass
1813 and 1818:  Back to Back Illnesses
1841:  Establishing a Precedent
1844:  The Princeton Disaster
1849:  President Who?
1850:  The Death of President Taylor
1868:  A Near Congressional Coup
1881:  The Garfield Crisis
1886:  Second Time Around
1901:  The McKinley Incapacity
1919 to 1921:  The Clarion Call Unanswered
1943 to 1945:  FDR's Later Years
1947:  Third Time the Charm?
1953:  The Eisenhower-Nixon Agreement
1963:  Tragedy in Dallas
History of the 25th Amendment
Historical Invocations
Current Presidential Succession Law
25th Amendment in Popular Culture
Who's Next in Line, Anyway?
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