House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said a new proposal to create a commission that would review transfer of power procedures under the 25th Amendment has nothing to do with President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.
During a Friday appearance on MSNBC’s “MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin,” Pelosi said the bill is about the Constitution and the “continuity of government”— not the president’s fitness.
She said the bill creates a path “to have the continuity of government” if the president becomes incapacitated, noting adopting the procedures would actually protect the president.
“The fact is, this would protect President Trump, because it says, it isn’t about anybody’s opinion of his behavior,” she said.
The commission would be made up of healthcare professionals and statespersons “chosen equally by Democrats and Republicans,” she said, adding there would be a “strong role for the vice president in what would happen, should the president become incapacitated.”
She noted that the bipartisan commission would “remove any biases that people may have” in discussing a possible transfer of power.
“Just envision a situation where a president might become incapacitated, bumping a head, a stroke, whatever it happens to be, even temporarily. This says how the process could go forward,” she said.
This isn’t the first time a bill proposing a presidential capacity commission has been brought forward. Rep. Jamie Raskin introduced a similar bill several years ago and is reintroducing it now, she said.
Pelosi added the legislation, if approved, would apply to the winner of the upcoming election.
“It’s a civics lesson for America,” she said.
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