February 10, 1967: Twenty-fifth Amendment is Ratified
On this day in 1967, the Twenty-fifth Amendment was ratified and added to the U.S. Constitution thirteen days later on February 23. The amendment clarified the role of the Vice President during unique situations.
The main points are:
1. If a President dies or resigns, the Vice President becomes President .
2. If the Vice President seat becomes open, the President needs to nominate a Vice President and Congress needs to vote .
3. With a written declaration, the President may appoint the Vice President as an “Acting President.”
4. The Vice President and Congress can call an emergency order that states that the President is incapable to carry on his duties. The President may veto the provision, but needs to prove that he is capable.
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Image: Page 1 of the Twenty-fifth Amendment (National Archives)