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HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION

UNITED STATES SENATE

EIGHTIETH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

S. Con. Res. 1
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO APPOINT A JOINT COMMITTEE
TO INVESTIGATE MATTERS CONNECTED WITH THE SUCCES-
SION TO THE PRESIDENCY AND THE ELECTION OF
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

S. 139
A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE HOLDING OF SPECIAL ELECTIONS
TO FILL VACANCIES CAUSED BY REMOVAL, DEATH, RESIGNA-
TION, OR INABILITY OF BOTH THE PRESIDENT
AND THE VICE PRESIDENT

S. 536
A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE HOLDING OF A SPECIAL ELEC-
TION BY THE MEMBERS OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE TO FILL
VACANCIES CAUSED BY THE REMOVAL, DEATH, RESIGNATION,
OR INABILITY OF BOTH THE PRESIDENT AND THE

VICE PRESIDENT

S. 564
A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE DUTIES
OF THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT IN CASE OF THE REMOVAL,

RESIGNATION, OR INABILITY BOTH OF THE

PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

MARCH 7, 11, AND 12, 1947

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COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION

C. WAYLAND BROOKS, Illinois, Chairman KENNETH S. WHERRY, Nebraska

CARL HAYDEN, Arizona
BOURKE B. HICKENLOOPER, Iowa THEODORE FRANCIS GREEN, Rhode Island
WILLIAM F. KNOWLAND, California BRIEN MCMAHON, Connecticut
HENRY CABOT LODGE, JR., Massachusetts FRANCIS MYERS, Pennsylvania
WILLIAM E. JENNER, Indiana

SPESSARD L. HOLLAND, Florida
JOHN W. BRICKER, Ohio
IRVING M. IVES, New York

ALBERT L. SEIDEL, Clerk

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UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION,

Washington, D. C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10:30 a. m., in room 104-B, Senate Office Building, Senator C. Wayland Brooks (chairman) presiding

Present: Senators Brooks (chairman), Lodge, Hayden, Green, and Holland.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order.

This is the first of a series of hearings by the committee on Senate Concurrent Resolution 1, S. 139, S. 536, and S. 564. I will ask that these be incorporated in the record at this point. (S. Con. Res. 1, S. 139, S. 536, and S..564 are as follows:)

[S. Con. Res. 1, 80th Cong., 1st sess.)

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That there is hereby created a joint congressional committee to be composed of five Members of the Senate to be appointed by the President of the Senate and five Members of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The joint committee shall select a chairman from among its members. A vacancy in the membership of the joint committee shall not affect the power of the remaining members to execute the functions of the joint committee, and shall be filled in the same manner as in the case of the original appointment.

SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the joint committee to make a full and complete study and investigation of all matters connected with the succession to the Presidency, and the election of the President and Vice President from the time of the nomination of the President and Vice President, through the time of their election and the time of their inauguration until the termination of their respective terms of office, with the purpose of making the law certain as to the Presidential election and succession. These matters shall include, but shall not be contined to, the following:

(1) Whether or not the President and Vice President should be elected by the Electoral College, as at present, and if so whether or not the members should be legally bound to vote in accordance with their instructions.

(2) Whether or not provision should be made for the case where before the election of Presidential electors, or after such time but before the election of President and Vice President, a candidate for the Presidency or for the Vice Presidency dies, declines to run, or is found ineligible to take office if elected.

(3) Whether or not provision should be made for the case of the death of any of the individuals from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.

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