Wednesday, August 26, 2015

THE WHITE HOUSE CAN'T GET IT STRAIGHT AS TO THE ORDER OF PRESIDENTIAL SUCCESSION IN CASE THE PRESIDENT DIES OR CAN'T FULFILL HIS DUTIES OR IS IMPEACHED


THE REAL ORDER OF SUCCESSION AS PER FEDERAL LAW


  • The Vice President Joseph Biden
  • Speaker of the House John Boehner
  • President pro tempore of the Senate1 Patrick Leahy
  • Secretary of State John Kerry
  • Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew
  • Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter
  • Attorney General Loretta Lynch
  • Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel
  • Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
  • Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
  • Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro
  • Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx
  • Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
  • Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson


  • According to the Presidential Succession Act of 1792, the Senate president pro tempore was next in line after the vice president to succeed to the presidency, followed by the Speaker of the House.
    In 1886, however, Congress changed the order of presidential succession, replacing the president pro tempore and the Speaker with the cabinet officers. Proponents of this change argued that the congressional leaders lacked executive experience, and none had served as president, while six former secretaries of state had later been elected to that office.
    The Presidential Succession Act of 1947, signed by President Harry Truman, changed the order again to what it is today. The cabinet members are ordered in the line of succession according to the date their offices were established.
    Prior to the ratification of the 25th Amendment in 1967, there was no provision for filling a vacancy in the vice presidency. When a president died in office, the vice president succeeded him, and the vice presidency then remained vacant. The first vice president to take office under the new procedure was Gerald Ford, who was nominated by Nixon on Oct. 12, 1973, and confirmed by Congress the following Dec. 6.
    THE FALSE ORDER OF SUCCESSION ON OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE
    Vice President of the United StateJoseph R. Biden
    Department of State Secretary John Kerry
    Department of the Treasury Secretary Jack Lew
    Department of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter
    Department of Justice Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch
    Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
    Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack
    Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker
    Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez
    Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell
    Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro
    Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
    Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
    Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan
    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
    NOTE: THE WHITE HOUSE LEFT OUT 

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner  2nd in line of succession
  • President pro tempore of the Senate Patrick Leahy  3rd in line of succession


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