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Cosponsor H.R. 1987 to Fulfill Congress’s Duty Under the 25th Amendment

CURRENT COSPONSORS: (60) Nanette Barragan, Don Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Anthony Brown, Andre Carson, Joaquin Castro, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Katherine Clark, Yvette Clarke, Wm. Lacy Clay, Steve Cohen, John Conyers, Peter DeFazio,
Diana DeGette, John Delaney, Mark DeSaulnier, Ted Deutch, Lloyd Doggett, Keith Ellison, Adriano Espaillat, Dwight Evans, Al Green, Raul Grijalva, Luis Gutierrez, Colleen Hanabusa, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Steny Hoyer, Jared Huffman, Sheila Jackson Lee, Pramila
Jayapal, Hakeem Jeffries, Hank Johnson, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Marcy Kaptur, Barbara Lee, Ted Lieu, Zoe Lofgren, James McGovern, Grace Meng, Gwen Moore, Jerrold Nadler, Grace Napolitano, Donald Payne, Jr., Ed Perlmutter, Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, Carol Shea
Porter, Jan Schakowsky, Bobby Scott, Brad Sherman, Louise Slaughter, Darren Soto, Jackie Speier, Mark Takano, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Bonnie Watson-Coleman, Peter Welch, John Yarmuth


“The portrait of an unfit president in a dysfunctional administration at a time the world is characterized by mounting disarray adds up to a truly dangerous moment in history.”

– Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, January 4, 2018.


Dear Colleague –

            Please join a rapidly growing group of colleagues in cosponsoring H.R. 1987, the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act.  It sets up and defines the Congressionally-appointed “body” called for by the 25th Amendment.

            The 25th Amendment was added to the Constitution in 1967, but in the last 50 years Congress never created the “body” that its language contemplated.  Under Section 4 of the 25th Amendment, the Vice-President and a majority
of the Cabinet or the Vice-President and a majority of “such other body as Congress may by law provide” can determine that the President is–for reasons of physical or mental incapacity—“unable to discharge the powers and duties of
his office.” Because an erratic or unstable president can fire his own Cabinet, Senator Birch Bayh, who sponsored the 25th Amendment, made certain that Congress itself would have the power to set up an independent “body” to act with the Vice President
in the event of presidential incapacity.

            This body will consist of a panel of elder statespersons (former Presidents, Vice Presidents, or various cabinet members), physicians, and psychiatrists selected in a bipartisan manner by Congressional Leadership.  The body will then select an
eleventh member as the Chair, by the criteria established in the Act.  It will only act to conduct a medical examination of the President at the direction of Congress.

            We have a constitutional duty under the 25th Amendment to define the process by which a judgment of presidential incapacity can ultimately be made. And the time is

           Please join me and 60 of our colleagues in cosponsoring this bill, which is of pressing and enduring importance to the security of our nation. If you would like to be a cosponsor of H.R. 1987 or have any questions, please call me, catch me on
the floor, or contact my aide Devon Ombres at
.  Please give this matter serious reflection and thought, and I will be delighted to answer any questions you may have. 

            Very truly yours,


            Jamie Raskin                                                                                                                                                                                 

            Member of Congress

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