ABSTRACT

Presidential Succession: Perspectives, Contemporary Analysis, and 110th Congress Proposed Legislation [October 3, 2008]   [open pdf - 177KB]

"Presidential succession was widely considered to be a settled issue prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. These events demonstrated the potential to disable both the legislative and executive branches of government, and raised the question of whether current arrangements are adequate to guarantee continuity in government under such circumstances. Members' concerns may be heightened as the 110th Congress prepares not only for its successor, but a change of administration, as well. Is the United States Government at greater risk of terrorist attack during this period of transition? Are present arrangements adequate to ensure continuity in the presidency in the event of a 'worst-case' scenario? Some analysts and Members of Congress advocate modifications to existing laws to eliminate gaps and enhance procedures in the area of presidential succession."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL34692
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2008-10-03
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