Samuel Case, FISM News
Democrats in Congress proposed creating a commission to help decide whether to transfer a future U.S. president’s powers when incapacitated. This is in reaction to President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis.
House Democrats said their legislation would activate a provision of the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that says Congress “may by law provide” a “body” for such a purpose.
The 25th Amendment was ratified in 1967 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. It establishes the transfer of power if a president or vice president dies or is incapacitated. The Democratic legislation aims to provide more clarity on the triggers for the process.
Bill sponsor Jamie Raskin (D – MD) said the commission would have 17 members chosen by Republicans and Democrats. It will be made up of eight medical personnel, eight former executive-branch officials, and a 17th member chosen by the other members.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued “this is not about President Trump,” but congress was “reminded of the necessity of action by the health of the current president.” Although Pelosi has raised concerns that some of the drugs Trump took for his COVID-19 symptoms could harm his judgment.
Republican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise accused Pelosi of trying to undo the results of the 2016 election, after having failed to do so by impeaching the president.
Sourced from Reuters American Wire and NBC