“Continuity of Government: Presidential Succession”

New report from John Fortier and Norm Ornstein at AEI. From the “key points”:

  • The Continuity of Government Commission makes recommendations to ensure the continuity of the presidency after a catastrophic event.
  • The core recommendation is that Congress amend the Presidential Succession Act to remove congressional leaders from the presidential line of succession, providing instead for succession solely by members of the president’s cabinet.
  • This change would address constitutional problems inherent in the current framework and provide clarity and stability amid a crisis.
  • Other recommendations deal with presidential incapacity and continuity issues arising during the period between a presidential election and Inauguration Day.
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