25th Amendment

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What is the procedure when the U.S. President leaves office other than during federal elections? The United States Constitution, Amendment #25, provides a clear procedure as to who becomes the next President when the outgoing President leaves office. The 25th Amendment was proposed on January 4th, 1965. It was ratified by 38 states on February 10, 1967.  It clearly states that:

  • the vice-president becomes the next president when the outgoing president is removed by death or resignation
  • whenever there is a vacancy in the vice-presidency the president nominates a vice-president
  • the vice-president needs confirmation by both houses of congress to become the next president
  • whenever the president submits in writing he is unable to fulfill his job duties the vice-president then acts in his behalf
  • whenever the vice-president and a majority of the congress submits the president is unable to fulfill his duties then the vice-president acts in his behalf until the president submits there is no inability to fulfill his duties
  • Congress can declare the president unfit for his duties by 2/3rds vote of both houses

Homeschoolers: Sketch/color an illustration. Describe the 25th amendment. Analogy: Read the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Explain what the mayor does to save the children.

About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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