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Pelosi, Democrats Introducing Bill to Create Commission on ‘Presidential Capacity’

Posted on Friday, October 9, 2020
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pelosiHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) announced a bill to create a “Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office” that would possibly attempt to invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution to enable Congress to “help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the Executive Branch of government.”

Earlier on Thursday, Pelosi said Democrats were planning to discuss the 25th Amendment, but she did not elaborate. At the same time, she called on President Donald Trump, who tested positive for the CCP virus, to reveal his latest test results.

“I think that the public needs to know the health condition of the president,” Pelosi said in a news conference. “Before he got the virus and admitted to it, when was his last negative test?”

According to the Constitution, Section 4 of the 25th Amendment allows Congress to come up with a body to declare whether a president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

“In emergency situations, Congress could pass a concurrent resolution requiring the Commission to examine the President, determine his/her ability to execute the powers and duties of the office, and report its findings to Congress. If presidential incapacity exists, the Vice President would immediately assume the role of Acting President,” said Raskin’s office in a news release.

Raskin, without providing a reason, claimed that the “25th Amendment was adopted 50 years ago, but Congress has never set up the body it calls for to determine presidential fitness in the event of physical or psychological incapacity,” while adding, “Now is the time to do it.”

The move, along with Pelosi’s comments, represents an escalation in Democrats’ rhetoric that the 25th Amendment needs to be involved because Trump is incapable of leading. The long-shot move may also be designed to raise doubts about Trump’s leadership with just weeks to go before the Nov. 3 election or an attempt to derail the Senate confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, scheduled for later in October.

In response, the president wrote on Twitter: “Crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation. They don’t call her Crazy for nothing!” He is referring to Pelosi.

According to Raskin, the body will include the “Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader, and Senate Minority Leader each select one physician and one psychiatrist to serve on the Commission.”

“Additionally, each party selects a retired statesperson (e.g., former Presidents, Vice Presidents, Attorneys and Surgeons General, Secretaries of State, Defense, and Treasury) to serve. The 10 appointed members then select an 11th member, who acts as the Chair of the Commission,” it said.

The 25th Amendment of the Constitution stipulates presidential succession. However, Democrats during Trump’s term in office have frequently suggested that Section 4 of the amendment should be invoked, which involves involuntary measures to declare the president incapacitated.

“Whenever 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 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,” according to the section in the Constitution.

However, according to the Constitution, only Vice President Mike Pence can trigger the involuntary removal of Trump. If the president challenges Pence’s move, then he would have to gain the support of the majority of Trump’s cabinet as well as a supermajority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Congress can also form a body approved “by law” to agree that “the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” according to the Constitution.

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The Freezing Senior
The Freezing Senior
3 years ago

Any further proof needed ?
And now you know why Trump calls her “Crazy Nancy”.

Joy Hunt
Joy Hunt
3 years ago

Rights of Congress: What right does congress or one political party have to change our constitution? If you look at the level of education that some of our representatives have they would lack the level of understanding to read our constitution. This woman who is running for vice president was a prostitute or so called a call girl or hooker and she is seated in the congress. The Speaker of the House is a known alcoholic and at 80 years of age should be unfit to hold her present seat let alone put forth any changes to our constitution.

Mary Rongetti
Mary Rongetti
3 years ago

They need a commission to determine the capacity of the Speaker of the House to discharge HER duties! She spends more time finding a face mask to coordinate with her outfit than to do any good for the American people. She is an embarrassment to the USA and the State of California.

Jan Major
Jan Major
3 years ago

I Think a bill should be introduced to have all elected officials have to open their medical records to the voting public.
Does Rep. Pelosi have any issues we should know about? She acts like it sometimes. That “event” she has last week sure looked like a stroke. Totally lost it in plain sight.

Azure
Azure
3 years ago

That is for Biden, Harris then becomes President. And as Speaker of the House, Nancy would be 3rd if something happens to the President and there is NO Vice President.

Tim Saunders
Tim Saunders
3 years ago

if this silly bill that Pelosi is trying to enact is oked then it should also include all high levels of both houses and ALL legitimate persons running for President in the future…but besides that she and Schumer are questionable as sane people anyway….it seems sanity is almost nil as liberals go.

Kim
Kim
3 years ago

There are plenty of public officials who should have their gray matter assessed. Schiff, Nadler, Comey, Hilary, AOC, Omar, Waters, SJ Lee, and, of course, Pelosi.

Lorey
Lorey
3 years ago

Of course if they succeed in thr 25 deal kick truml out. Do u think the republicans will do thr same 2 joe & camel butt. I think not as they have no back bone

Al Kingham
Al Kingham
3 years ago

I don’t think that the Commission is being setup by the Dems to challenge Trump’s abilities, more so for Joe Biden, God forbid he’s elected President

John A. Fallon
John A. Fallon
3 years ago

This move would create a means to remove chinajoe and replace him with kameltoe harris if dems win in November, make sure this does NOT happen, RED, VOTE TRUMP2020

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