|Presidential Succession Act 1947|
Public Law 80-199
Presidential Succession Act 1947
To provide for the performance of the duties of the office of President in case of the removal, resignation, death, or inability both of the President and Vice President.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That:
(a) (1) if, by reason of death, resignation, removal from office, inability, or failure to qualify, there is neither a President nor Vice President to discharge the powers and duties of the office of President, then the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall, upon his resignation as Speaker and as Representative in Congress, act as President.
(b) If, at the time when under subsection (a) a Speaker is to begin the discharge of the powers and duties of the office of President, there is no Speaker, or the Speaker fails to qualify as Acting President, then the President pro tempore of the Senate shall, upon his resignation as President pro tempore and as Senator, act as President.
(c) An individual acting as President under subsection (a) or subsection (b) shall continue to act until the expiration of the then current Presidential term, except that--
(e) Subsections (a), (b), and (d) shall apply only to such officers as are eligible to the office of President under the Constitution. Subsection (d) shall apply only to officers appointed, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, prior to the time of the death, resignation, removal from office, inability, or failure to qualify, of the President pro tempore, and only to officers not under impeachment by the House of Representatives at the time the powers and duties of the office of President devolve upon them.
(f) During the period that any individual acts as President under this Act, his compensation shall be at the rate then provided by law in the case of the President.
(g) Sections 1 and 2 of the Act entitled An Act to provide for the performance of the duties of the office of President in case of the removal, death, resignation, or inability both of the President and Vice President, approved January 19, 1886 (24 Stat. 1; U. S. C., 1940 edition, title 3, secs. 21 and 22), are repealed.
Approved July 18, 1947.
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