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President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A new bill would let former presidents decide if new ones are fit for office


A Democratic lawmaker introduced a bill that would let the vice president and former presidents collaborate to decide if a president is fit for office.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the bill Monday during the House of Representatives' two-week recess, The Hill reports.

The bill would target the 25th Amendment, which mandates that the vice president becomes the president if the latter dies or resigns. It also lets the vice president take over if he or she and a majority of Cabinet officers agree to it.

It is hard to imagine a better group to work with the vice president ...
Earl Blumenauer

Blumenauer argues that system doesn't work. An unstable president could fire his entire Cabinet, or the Cabinet could opt to speak in the president's favor because they were politically appointed.

His bill argues former presidents and vice presidents should collaborate with the current vice president instead.

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FILE- In this Feb. 4, 2014, file phot, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. questions Michael Botticelli, deputy director, Office of National Drug Control Policy, during a subcommittee hearing on Capital Hill in Washington. Six years ago, a proposal for Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling touched off a political uproar that threatened to stall President Barack Obama?s health care law in Congress. On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, when Medicare finally announced it will make the change, reaction was muted. The Oregon Democrat was the original sponsor of the idea. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Blumenauer accused President Trump of "erratic" behavior in February, citing his baseless claims about widespread voter fraud and false description of the weather during his inaugural address.

The bill was lampooned by critics.

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