Raskin: 25th Amendment Bill Not About Election; It Aims to Update Constitutional Process

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md. 8) joined U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Friday to introduce a bill called the Commission on Presidential Capacity to Discharge the Powers and Duties of Office Act.

The bill, which is related to the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, aims to establish a bipartisan commission in the event that a president would become incapacitated in such a way that would prevent them from determining that their presidential powers need to be transferred to the vice president.

“It’s not about the election at all,” Pelosi said, in regards to whether the legislation was aimed at removing President Donald Trump—who announced Oct. 2 that he tested positive for coronavirus.

Raskin said Trump’s current health situation—and the pandemic in general—has set up a need to establish a system that allows Congress to act if there was a dire health situation to happen with the present. Pelosi said this legislation isn’t about implementing the 25th Amendment–it’s about a process for Congress.

“We’ve got to think of this in constitutional terms,” Raskin said. It’s about setting up a process for a bipartisan commission that can make these constitutional judgments down the road, he said.

Here’s What Happened at Pelosi, Raskin News Conference — In Tweets

Here’s a summary of the press conference from Friday morning in the form of tweet:

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Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

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