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The Presidential Succession Act was changed in from what it had been in the earlier law of Instead of the cabinet officers being next in line after the Vice President, the new law, in effect now for 68 years, has the Speaker of the House of Representatives, a Congressman elected by one Congressional district, as next in line. On J , President Harry Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act. The original act of had placed the Senate president pro tempore and Speaker of the House in the line of succession, but in Congress had removed them. The law reinserted those officials, but placed the Speaker ahead of the president pro tempore. The Presidential Succession Act The Presidential Succession Act became law on January Under the law, in the event of the death or disablement of both the President and the Vice President, the Cabinet officer, in order of the date of the establishment of the department, would become President. This act remained in force until The Presidential Succession Act of is an article from Harvard Law Review, Volume View more articles from Harvard Law this article on.
PRESIDENTIAL SUCCESSION ACT. I83 Act of i to remove. Prominent among them was the question whether the President pro /e;npore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House were such officers of the United States, withini the meaning of the Constitution, as could succeed to the Presidency, and, if eligible to the succession, there was added the. The Presidential Succession Act of , also never implemented, set the Secretary of State as the Acting President after the President and Vice President. Act of Succession After the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in , President Harry S. Truman lobbied for a revision of the law. Presidential Succession -- Febru Long before Secretary of State Alexander Haig assured the nation that he was in control during the crisis period following the shooting of President Ronald Reagan, members of the Senate had tried to block that cabinet officer's chances of temporarily assuming the duties of the presidency. If both the president and VP died, then there would be a special presidential election to replace them the next year. Shuffling the rankings. In , however, Congress changed the order of presidential succession, replacing the president pro tempore and the Speaker with the cabinet officers.
[It is done] according to the Presidential Succession bill. It’s not every day that an act of Congress so directly affects who you invite to dinner! The Act held until , when the current succession was put in place. Footnotes ^ The Manners that Win, Compiled by the Latest Authorities, The First Presidential Succession Act. The first Congress didn’t pass a succession act, but the second Congress did. The line of succession after the vice president consisted of only two people — the Senate President Pro Tempore and the Speaker of the House, in that order. On J , President Harry S. Truman signs the Presidential Succession Act. This act revised an older succession act that was passed in during George Washington ’s first term. The Senate won out in the Presidential Succession Act of The act provided that the president pro tempore and then the speaker would succeed the vice president. Congress enacted a new succession statute in It had been considering changes to the statute for a while but was moved to act when President James A. Garfield died