Bill Would Establish Commission on Presidential Capacity

“This is not about President Trump,” Speaker Pelosi said.

Legislation was unveiled by the House majority on Friday to create a panel that would gauge a president’s capacity to perform the job—and potentially remove the commander in chief from office in cases of decided debility.

The commission would be permanent, applying to future administrations. While President Trump is not the subject of the action being taken, Speaker Pelosi has been critical of the president, fueling questions about when he got the coronavirus, suggesting a steroid drug administered to him in the hospital might be affecting his mind, and more. “The president is, shall we say, in an altered state right now,” she told reporters Thursday.

The legislation invokes the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which empowers Congress to create a “body” which, working with the vice president, can remove a president deemed “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

The speaker reiterated, “This is not about President Trump; he will face the judgment of the voters. But he shows the need for us to create a process for future presidents.”

The proposal has little chance of being enacted, with Congress on recess and the Senate and White House currently controlled by the other party. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Look, that’s absurd. Absolutely absurd. Again, right here in this last three weeks before the election, I think those kinds of wild comments should be largely discounted.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the congressional committees that will take eventually up the commission-creating bill.
  • For President Trump as he resumes a more normal schedule after recovering from the coronavirus.

Sources: The Hill, One America News


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