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Senate Changes Line of Succession
AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/26/05 | AP - Washington, DC

Posted on 07/26/2005 8:01:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - The Senate approved a bill Tuesday to raise the homeland security secretary from last to eighth place in the presidential line of succession, just after the attorney general.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike DeWine (news, bio, voting record), R-Ohio, passed without objection just before the chamber adjourned. The companion House bill, sponsored by Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., is pending before the Judiciary and Government Reform committees.

If the bill also passes the House, the order of those in line to assume the presidency if President Bush is unable to serve would be:

_Vice President Dick Cheney

_House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

_Senate President Pro Tem Ted Stevens, R-Alaska

_Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

_Treasury Secretary John Snow

_Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld

_Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

_Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

_Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton

_Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns

_Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez

_Labor Secretary Elaine Chao

_Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt

_Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson

_Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta

_Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman

_Education Secretary Margaret Spellings

_Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson

The Constitution, however, requires that the president be a natural-born citizen, so Gutierrez, born in Cuba, and Chao, born in Taiwan, would be ineligible.

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The bills are S. 442 and H.R. 1455.

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Congress: http://thomas.loc.gov


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; changes; doomsdayscenario; hr1455; line; s442; senate; succession; tomdavis
Norm Mineta is only 15 heartbeats away from the Presidency..

Que the Twilight Zone theme. :-}

1 posted on 07/26/2005 8:01:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
If we get that deep on the list, the fact that it's Norm Mineta will be the least of our problems.
2 posted on 07/26/2005 8:05:17 PM PDT by RichInOC (You must purge the stupidity from among you.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well,If it ever gets that bad they the enemy will have alot more to worry about,us.


3 posted on 07/26/2005 8:06:50 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: NormsRevenge

At least it won't be Nancy Pelosi. If the 2006 elections don't go well, she could be #3.


4 posted on 07/26/2005 8:09:21 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: NormsRevenge
Just one more person Gale Norton will have to eliminate.

If the President and the next seven people in succession are all killed or disabled, are we sure we trust the person who was supposed to handle Homeland Security to take over at that point?

5 posted on 07/26/2005 8:10:07 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Bork should have had Kennedy's USSC seat and Kelo v. New London would have gone the other way.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Jim Robinson should be listed.


6 posted on 07/26/2005 8:12:16 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Brilliant

I can just see some national emergency occuring, and Nancy suddenly in charge. Her leadership abilities ought to be gauged at "2", on a scale of 1 to 10...and the nationa would demand an immedate election to get her out of the office.


7 posted on 07/26/2005 8:12:55 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: KarlInOhio
If the President and the next seven people in succession are all killed or disabled, are we sure we trust the person who was supposed to handle Homeland Security to take over at that point?

That is such an excellent point.

Our homeland would have been experiencing very little security.

8 posted on 07/26/2005 8:14:23 PM PDT by Semper911 (Real estate is not real anymore.)
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To: pepsionice

If Nancy Pelosi ever becomes President, I will immediately sell everything I own and invest the money in gold. Then I will move to Australia, or if they won't let me in, New Zealand.

Haven't figured out what I'll do if Hillary becomes President yet. That's a more urgent matter, I think, but a bit harder to figure out.


9 posted on 07/26/2005 8:17:52 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: NormsRevenge

This is just technical stuff, because if it ever gets that far into the chain of command than we're already in deep doo-doo and most of us probably wouldn't be around anymore to witness the succession of governance


10 posted on 07/26/2005 8:24:36 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: NormsRevenge
What is the rationale for doing this? Why can't he stay at the bottom, as it goes in the order of newly-created Cabinet offices.

We did not eliminate a Cabinet position when we created DHS, did we?

11 posted on 07/26/2005 8:28:37 PM PDT by GoBucks2002
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To: Brilliant
At least it won't be Nancy Pelosi. If the 2006 elections don't go well, she could be #3.

Now there is a scary thought

12 posted on 07/26/2005 8:46:48 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: NormsRevenge

Rummy is 6 degrees removed. I do not want anything to happen to the prez or the others, understand, but Imagine Mccain and the rest have their heads explode with Rummy as Prez. LOL


13 posted on 07/26/2005 8:51:44 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: NormsRevenge

Gotta get Underperformin' Norman off that list altogether.


14 posted on 07/26/2005 9:08:18 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (fiat voluntas Tua)
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To: NormsRevenge
The Constitution, however, requires that the president be a natural-born citizen, so Gutierrez, born in Cuba, and Chao, born in Taiwan, would be ineligible.

God help us if it gets to Chao.

15 posted on 07/26/2005 9:09:33 PM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Brilliant
Haven't figured out what I'll do if Hillary becomes President yet. That's a more urgent matter, I think, but a bit harder to figure out.

It's an actual possibility. Jimmy Carter won.

Ugh! I scare my self.

16 posted on 07/26/2005 9:13:02 PM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: NormsRevenge
"The Constitution, however, requires that the president be a natural-born citizen" I have said over and over, the founders had to have been divinely inspired.

Why do the dems keep wanting the constitution to be other than what those truly brave men set it up to be.
17 posted on 07/26/2005 9:20:33 PM PDT by JSteff
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To: JSteff

We ought to go ahead and extend the list to the fifty state governors.

That way, in the event of a nuclear attack, the probability of someone in the line of succession surviving would be much greater.


18 posted on 07/26/2005 10:12:59 PM PDT by CondorFlight
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To: CondorFlight
I vote the Gov. of Texas should be first among the governors.

BTW, why the H@ll are the HUD and Ag secretaries ahead of the energy secretary in line of succession.

19 posted on 07/26/2005 11:42:27 PM PDT by Better Dead Than Red (Davis College Republicans (Best Party on Campus))
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To: Phlap

According to constitutional law scholars I spoke to on this subject (not the change of the sequence part but the citizenship of the persons in the lineup), the authority vested in the President would be in that persons hands, but would be required to at the first available opportunity elect a President meeting the constitutional requirmenents, if within time period of less than half of a full term (4 years), it will be on the next scheduled election cycle, if more than that, a special interim presidential election would have to be conducted in a joint session of Congress as soon as it can be reconvened, with the representatives and senators serving as electors for an interim period, and the person elected again, must pass the constitutional requirements, and will serve until the next scheduled presidential election.

In plain english.. Had something happened in mid 1999 to Clintoon and Gore and Hastert and Thurmond, Madeline Halfbright would have been president till after the 2000 elections. Before that, it would have been until Congress reconvened, they would act as electors, and that person would fill the unexpired term.

Chao wouldn't be a bad POTUS, remember her hubby is god, err Mitch McConnell.

as for the change in sequence, pursuant to Article I and the 25th Ammendment, I believe this is unconstitutional (when it gets down to departments, line of succession goes by order of cabinet department creation--since War Department was merely renamed Defense Department, it maintained its position.).


20 posted on 07/27/2005 12:11:47 AM PDT by Schwaeky ("Truth is not determined by a majority vote" Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, they just made it harder for Jack Ryan to become President.


21 posted on 07/27/2005 7:28:07 AM PDT by Quick1
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To: NormsRevenge; Jeff Head; SJackson; dennisw; Salem; F15Eagle; JohnHuang2; devolve

ping


22 posted on 07/27/2005 2:07:00 PM PDT by Happy2BMe (Viva La MIGRA - LONG LIVE THE BORDER PATROL!)
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23 posted on 07/27/2005 5:45:39 PM PDT by firewalk
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