tv House Reading of the Constitution CSPAN January 5, 2017 9:51pm-11:01pm EST
other person was elected president shall be elected to the office of the president more than once. >> for a complete american history go to cspan.org. members resited the u.s. constitution, an annual tradition which takes about an hour. >> going to section 5 a of house resolution 5 the charn recognizes mr. good lat for the reading of the constitution. mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this morning for the fourth time in the history of the house of representatives, we will read allowed on the floor of the house the full text of the u. for the fourth time we will read aloud on the floor of the house the full text of the u.s. constitution. it is our hope that this reading will help demonstrate to the american people that the house
of representatives is dedicated to the constitution and the system it establishes for limited government and the protection of individual liberty. we also hope that it will inspire many more americans to read the constitution themselves. the text we will read today reflects the changes to the document made by the 27 amendments to it. those portions superceded by amendment. we have asked members to line up to be recognized on first come first serve basis. i will recognize members based on this guidance. each member will approach the podium and read the passage laid out for him or her. in order to ensure fairness i may recognize members out of order to ensure bipartisan ship and balance. i will recognize representative john lewis to read the 13th
amendment. i want to thank the members of both parties for participation in this historic event and i will begin by reading the preamble to the constitution. we the people of the united states in order to form a more perfect union provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity do or dane and establish this constitution for the united states of america. i know recognize the gentleman from illinois, mr. holtgrin. >> article 1 section 1, all legislative powers here engranted shall be vested in the united states which shall
consist of a senate and house of representatives. >> the gentlewoman from texas, miss jackson lee. >> thank you. i'll now read from article 1, section 2. the house of representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states and the electors in each state shall have the qualification, requisite of electors of the state legislature. >> the gentleman from maine, mr. poliqin. >> no person shall be a representative who shall not have attained the age of 25
years and been seven years a citizen of the united states and shall snot be an inhabitant of the state which he a shall be chosen. the numeration shall be made after the first meeting of the congress of the united states and within every subsequent term of ten years in such manner as they shall by law direct. >> the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walls. >> the number of representative shall not exceed one for every 30,000. and until such enumeration shall be made massachusetts 8, rhode island and providence plantations 1, connecticut 5, new york 6, new jersey 4, pennsylvania 8, delaware 1,
maryland 6, virginia 10, north carolina 5, south carolina 5 and georgia 3. >> the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lance. >> when vacancies happen and the representation from any state the executive authority there of shall issue ritz of election to fill each such vacancies. the house of representatives shall have the sole power of impeachment. >> the gentleman from texas, mr. green. >> section 3, is senate of the united states shall be posed of two senators from each state for
six years and each senator shall have one vote. immediately after they shall of the first election. they shall be divided as equally as may be into three classes. >> the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost. >> of the second class of the expiration of the fourth year and at the third class at the expiration of the sixth year so that one-third may be chosen every second year. >> the gentleman from california, mr. cardenas. >> thank you very much. no person shall be a senator who shall not have attained the age of 30 years and been nine years
a citizen of the united states and who shalt not be an inhabitant of that state for which he shall be chosen. >> the gentleman from texas, mr. gomer. >> the vice president of united states shall be president of the senate but shall have no vote unless they be equally divided. the senate shall choose their other officers and also a president in the absence of the vice president or when he shall exercise the office of president of the united states. >> the gentlewoman from california. >> they shall be an oath or
affirmation. the chief justice shall preside and no justice without the concurrent of two-thirds of the members present. >> the gentleman from georgia, mr. loudermil. >> judgment in the cases of impeachment shall not extend and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the united states but the party convicted shall nevertheless be to judgment and punishment according to the law. >> the gentleman from illinois, mr. lapenski. >> the times, places for snarts and represents shall bed by
legislature there of, by the congress make or alter such regulations except in places of choosing senators. >> the gentleman from virginia, mr. griffith. >> each judge shall be returns of its own mebs and a majority of each shall constitute. a smaller number may be author rised in such manner and under such penalties as each house may provide. >> the gentleman from michigan, mr. wallberg. >> each house may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly
behavior and with the concurrence of two-thirds expel a member. each house shall keep a journal of the proceedings and from time to full-time publish the same except that may require secrecy and the nays shall at the we are quire of one fifth of those present be entered on the journal cht. >> the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman. >> neither house during the session of congress shall without the consent of the other adjourn for more than three days for to any other place than that of which the two houses shall be sitting. >> the gentleman from ohio, mr. gibbins. >> the senators and
representsive shall receive compensation for their services to be certain by law and fade out of the treasury of the united states. they shall accept treason and be privileged from arrest during their attendance and ongoing to and returning from the same and for any speech or debate shall not be questioned at any other place. >> the gentleman from new mexico, mr. pierce. >> no senator or representative shall during the time for which he was elected be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the united states which shall have been created or the there of shall have been increased during such time. and no person holding any office
under the united states shall be a member of either house during the continuance in office. >> the gentleman from kentucky, mr. guthry. >> all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the house of representatives. the senate may propose or concur as on other bils. >> the gentlewoman and democratic leader, ms. pelosi. >> every bill which shall have passed the house of representatives and the senate shall, before it becomes a law, be present today the president of the united states. if he approve he shall sign it, but if he shall not he shall rrn
it. with his objections to that house of which it shall have originated which should ernt on their journal and proceed to reconsider it. >> the gentleman from florida, mr. rutherford. >> if after such reconsideration two-thirds of that house shall agree to pass the bill it shall be sent together with the objections to the other house by which it shall like wise be reconsidered that if approve bid two-thirds of that house it shall become a law. >> the gentlewoman from hawaii, miss gabert. >> the votes of both houses shall be determined by yays and
nays and the persons shall be answered an the journal of each house respectively. >> the gentleman from florida, mr. dunn. >> if any bill shall not be returned by the president after it shall be presented to him the same shall be law in like manner unless the congress prevents its return in which case it shall not be law. >>. >> the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley. >> every order, resolution or vote to which the concurrence may be necessary except on a question of adjournment.
it shall be presented to the president of the united states and before the same shall take effect shall be approved by him or being disapproved by him shall be repassed by two-thirds of the senate and house of representatives. according to the rules and limitations prescribed in the case of a bill. >> the gentleman from louisiana, mr. abraham. >> they shall duties and excises to pay the debts and provide for common defense and general welfare of the united states. all duties imposed shall be uniformed throughout the united states. >> the gentleman from california, mr. correa.
>> to borrow money on the credit of the united states, to regulate commerce with foreign nations and among central states and with the indian tribes to establish a uniform rule of naturalization and uniformed laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the united states. >> the gentleman from ohio, mr. davidson. >> to coin money, regulate the value there of and fix the standard of weights and measures, to provide for the punishment of counterfeiting and current coin of the united states, to establish post offices and post roads.
>> the gentleman from california. >> the promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors, the exclusive right to the respective writings and discoveries. >>. >> the constitute tribunals to the superior court, to despine and felonies committed on the high seas against a law of
nations. >>. >> to declare war and make rules concerning captures on land and water, to raise and support armys but no apropuation of money shall be far longer term than two years. >> the gentleman from florida, mr. yoho. >> to provide and maintain a navy, to make rules and regulations of the land and naval forces, to provide calling to execute the laws of the union suppress actions and repel invasions. >> to employee vied for organizing and disciplining the
malitia and reserving to the states representatively the appointment of the officers and the authorities of training the malitia according to the discipline defined by congress. >> the gentleman from texas, mr. williams. >> to exercise excusive legislation in all cases what so ever over such district of particular falt states and the acceptance of congress become the seat of the government of the united states and exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent in which the same shall be. for the erection of forts, arguals and other needful
buildings. >> the government of the united states or any department or officer there of. >> the gentleman from texas, mr. fairenthal. >> the migration or importation as any of the states shall not be prohibited by the congress prior to the year 1808 but it may be imposed not exceeding $10 for each person. >> the gentleman from colorado, mr. permletter.
>> the privilege of the rid of hab use corpus should not be unless the public safety may we are quire i-- require it. no bill of exacto law shall be passed. >> the gentleman from texas, mr. flores. >> no capitation or other direct tax shall be laid in less than proportion to the census or numeration. no tax of duties shall be laid upon the articles exported from any state. >> the gentleman from california, mr. vargus. >> no preference shall be given
by any regulation of kmergs or revenue to the port of one state over those of another. >> no money shall be drawn from the treasury but in consequence of apropuations made by law and a regular statement and spendtures of all public money shall be published from time to time. >> the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott. >> no title of nobility shall be granted by the united states and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall without the consent of congress
accept any tigtle of any kind from any king, prince or foreign state. >> the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill. >> no state shall enter into any treaty, grant letters of marquee and pri-- pass any bill of attainder or law impairing the obligation of contracts or grant any title of nobility. >> the gentlewoman from illinois, mrs. kelly. >> no state shall without consent of congress lay any imposed duties on imports or exports on what may be necessary
for executing laws lead by any state on imports or experts shall be used for the treasury of the united states and all such laws shall be up for revision abdomen control of the congress. >> the gentleman from kansas, mr. yoter. >>. >> no state without the consent of congress shall keep troops or ship of war in time of peace nlts invaded as will not admit of delay. >> ms. watson coleman. >> the executive power shall be vested in a president of the
united states of america. he shall hold his office during the term of four years and torgt with the vice president chosen from the same term be elected as follows. >> the gentleman from georgia, mr. allen. >> each state shall appoint in such manner a number of electors equal to the whole number of senators and representatives to which the state may be entitled in the congress. no senator or person holding an office of trust or profit under the united states shall be appointed an elector. >> the congress may determine the time of the electors and the
day which they shall give their votes which day shall be the same throughout the united states. >> from texas mr. baben! no person accept a natural born citizen of the united states shall be eligible to the office of president. neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attain today the age of 35 years and been 14 years a resident within the united states. >> from florida, ms. caster. >> the president shall at stated time receive for his services a compensation which shall not be
and he shall not receive any other immollment from the united states or any of them. >> the gentleman from washington. >> bv he enter on the execution of his office he shall take the following oath or affirmation. i do solemnly swear or affirm i will faithfully execute the office of the president of the united states and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. >> section 2, the president shall be commander aend chief of the army and navy of the united states when called into the service of the united states.
he may redwier opinion in writing of each upon any subject relating to the duties of the representative offices and have the for offenses against the united states accept in cases of impeachme impeachment. >> he shall have power to make treaties provided two-thirds of the concur and he shall nominate with the advice and consent of the senate shall appoint ambassadors, judges of the supreme court and all other officers of the united states who are not here and otherwise provided for and which shall be established by law. >> the gentleman from oregon, mr. bloomenhour.
>> as they think proper in the president alone, in the kocourt of law or heads of departments. >> the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter. >>. >> the president shall have power to fill up all va cancani which shall expire at the end of their next session. >> he shall give to congress information of the state of the union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. >> the gentleman from nebraska,
mr. vagan. >> he may on extraordinary occasions convene in case of disagreement with respect to the time of adjournment. until such time as he think proper. >> he shall commission all of the officers of the united states. >> the gentleman from texas, mr. olson. >> section 4, the president, vice president and officers of the united states shall be removed from office for conviction of treason, bribery
or other hard crimes and misdemeanors. >> the gentleman from maryland, mr. brown. >> article 3 section 1, the judicial power of the united states shall be vested in one supreme court and as congress may from time to time or dane and establish the judges both of the supreme and inferior courts shall hold offices during good behavior and shall at statemed times receive compensation which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.
state shall be party the supreme court shall have original jurisdiction. in all of the other cases they shall have appellate both as to law and fact under such regulations as the congress shall make. >> the gentlewoman, ms. kuser. >>. >> the trial of all crimes except in the cases of impeachment shall be by jury and such trials shall be held in the state where the said crimes shall have been committed. but when not committed within any state the trials shall be at such place or places as the congress may by law have directed. >> section 3, treason against
the united states shall consist only in leving war or giving them aid and comfort. no person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses or in confession in open court. >> the congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason. forfeiture of the life of the person atainted. >> mr. zeldon. >> article 4 section 1. full faith and credit shall be given to the public judicial
proceedings of every state. and the congress made by general laws prescribed the manner in which such acts and records shall be proved and the effect there of. >> the gentlewoman from florida, ms. murphy! the citizens of each state shall be entitled of immunities in the several states. a person charged in any state with treason, felony or other crime who shall flee from justice and be found in other state. >> from new york, mr. fasso. >> section 3, new states may be admitted by the congress into
this union but no new state shall be formed or erected within the jurisdiction of any other state for any state be formed by the junction of two or more states or parts of states without the consent of the legislatures concerned as well as of the congress. >> the gentleman from california, mr. garramendi. >> shall make all rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the united states and nothing in this constitution shall be construed to prejudice any claims of the united states or of any particular state. >> the gentleman from indiana, mr. holingsworth. >> the united states shall guarantee to every state in this
union a republican form of government and shall protect each of them against invasion and on application of the legislature or the executive cannot be convened against domestic violence. >> the gentlewoman from washington. >>. >> article 5, the congress, when ever two-thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this constitution or on the application of the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states for proposing amendments which in either case shall be valid to all intents and purposes of this constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states.
>>. >> or by conventions and three-fourths there of provided that no amendment which bha made prior to the year 1,808 shall in any manner effect the clauses in the ninth section of the fourth article and that no state shall be deprived of equal suffrage in the senate. >> from massachusetts, mr. keeting. >> this constitution and the laws of the united states should be made in pursuant there of and
all treaties made and which shall be made shall be the supreme law of land and judges in every state shall be bound there by anything in the constitutional laws to to contrary not with standing. >>. >> from nebraska, mr. smith. >> the senators and representatives before mentioned and the member of the state legislatures and all judicial officers of the united states and of several states shall be bound by oath to support this constitution. >> the gentlewoman from
massachusetts. >> the ratification shall be sufficient for the establishment of this constitution between the states so ratifying the same. >> the gentleman from ohio, mr. johnson. >> don in convention by the unanimous consent the 17th day of september and the year of our lard 1,787 and of the independence of the united states of america we have hereunto subscribed our names. >> the gentlewoman from texas, mrs. johnson. >> george washington president and deputy from virginia. delaware, george reed, gunning
massachusetts connecticut, william samuel johnson, roger sherman. new york, alexander hamilton. new jersey william livingston, william patterson, jonathan dayton. pennsylvania, benjamin franklin, tok mat niflin, james wilson, guvoner morris. amendment one, congress shall make no law or prohibiting the free exercise there of or abridging the freedom of speech to right peaceably to assemble
to address for grievances. >> the gentleman from west virginia, mr. jenkins. >> the second amendment, a well regulated malitia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. >> the gentleman from illinois, mr. snyder. >> amendment 3, no shoulder shall in time of peace be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner for in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
>> from pennsylvania, mr. cartwright. >> thank you. >> amendment 4, the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated and no warrants shall issue and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized. >> from arizona, mr. bigs. the fifth amendment, no person shall be held to a capital or infamous crime unless on indictment of a grand jury
prosecutions the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury where in the crimes shall have been committed, which district shall have been and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation and to have the assistance of council for his defense. >> the gentleman from minnesota, mr. nolan. >> amendment 7, in common law where the value shall exceed $20 the right of trial by jury shall be preserved. than in accordance than with the rules of the common law.
>> the gentleman, mr. lahood. >> amendment 8 excessive fines imposed for rule and unusual punishments inflicted. amendment 9, the innumeration of certain rights shall not be construed to deany or disparage others detained by the people. >> the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer. >> amendment number 9, the powers now delegated to the united states by the constitution for prohibited by it to the states are reserved the states effectively or to the
people. >> the gentleman from new york, mr. malony. >> amendment 11, the judicial power of the united states shall not be con trued or equity prosecuted against one of the united states by citizens of another state or by citizens or subject of any foreign state. >> the gentleman from texas, mr. herri herrington. >> amendment 12, the electors shall vote for president and vice president of whom at least shall not be an inhabitant with themselves. they shall name the person voted for as president and in distinct ballots for the person voted for as vice president and they shall make distinct list of all persons voted for as president
and of all persons voted for as vice president and of the number of votes for each which list they shall sign and certify and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the united states directed to the president of the senate. >> the gentlewoman from nevada, mrs. rosen. >> the president of the senate shall in the presence of the senate and the house of representatives open all of the certificates and the votes shall then be counted. the person having the greatest number of votes shall be the president. if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors presented and if no persons have such a majority then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding 3 on the list of those voted for as
president. >> from pennsylvania, mr. perry. >> the house of representatives shall choose immediately by ballot the president. but in choosing the president the votes shall be taken by statements. the representation from each state having one vote, a it shall consist of member or members from two-thirds of the state and majority of all of the states shall be necessary to a choice. >> the person having the greatest numbers of votes as vice president shall be the vice president. if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed and if no person have a majority then from the two highest numbers on the list the senate shall choose the vice president.
>> the gentleman from california. >> a majority of the whole numbers shall be necessary to a choice but no person constitutionally ineligible of president shall be eligible to that of vice president of the united states. >> the gentleman from georgia, mr. lewis. >> amendment 13. neither slavery for involuntary servitude except as a punishment for crime where are the parties have been dually convicted shall exist within the united states
or any place to their jurisdiction. congress held shall hold the by appropriate legislation. >> from illinois, ms.shakowski. >> all persons born or naturalized in the united states are citizens of the united states and of the state wherein they reside. which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the united states. >> the gentleman from ohio, mr. joyce. >> for shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or
property without due process of law in order to deany any person the equal protection of the laws. section 2, representatives shall be apportioned to several states according to respective numbers excludeing indians not taxed. >> the gentleman from florida, mr. soto. >> but when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for president and vice president of the united states representatives in congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state or the members of legislature there of is deany ni -- denied and citizens of the united states or in any way abridged or other crime the
basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion of which such male citizens should bare to the whole number of male citizens, 21 years of age in such state. >> the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson. >> section 3, no person shall be a senator or representative in congress or elector of president and vice president or hold any office civil or military under the united states or under any state who haven't previously taken an oath as a member of congress or as an officer of the united states. >> the gentlewoman from arizona, mrs. cinema. >> or as a member of any state legislature or as an executive officer of any state to support
the constitution of the united states shall have engaged in rebellion against the same or given aid or comfort to the enemies there of, but congress may remove such disability. >> the gentleman from california, mr. denim. >> the validity of the public debt of the united states authorized by law including debts incured for payments of pensions and bounties for services and suppressing rebellion shall not be questioned, but neither the united states for any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incured in aid of rebellion against the united states or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave but all such debts, obligations and
claims shall be held illegal and void. >> the gentleman from new york, mr. sorano. >> section 5, the congress shall have the power to enforce by appropriate legislation the provisions of this article. amendment 15, section 1, the right of citizens of the united states to vote shall not be d y denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on account of race, color or previous condition or servitude. >> the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. >> section 2, the that congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate
legislation. amendment 16, that congress have the power to lay on incomes from whatever source derived without regard to any census or enumeration. >> from california -- the electors shall have the qualifications for electors of the most numerous branch of state legislatures. the executive authority of such state shall issue of tloeks fill
such vacancies. >> the gentleman from north carolina, mr. rouser. >>. >> provided that the legislature of any state may empower to make temporary appointments until the people fill vacancies as the legislature shall direct. before it becomes valid as part of the constitution. amendment 19, the right of citizens of united states to vote shall not be denied on account of sex. congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. >> from arkansas, mr. womac. >> amendment 20, section 1, the terms of the president and the vice president shall end at noon
on the 20th day of january and the terms of senators and representatives at noon on the third day of january of the years of which such terms would have ended if this article had their successes shall then begin. section 2, the congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meetings will begin at noon on the 3rd day of january unless they shall, by law, appoint a different day. section 3, if at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the president, the president-elect shall have died, the vice president-elect shall become president. if a president shall not have been chosen for the fixed beginning of his term or if the president-elect shall have failed to qualify, the vice president-elect shall act as president until a president shall have qualified. the congress made by law provide
for the case wherein neither a president-elect nor a vice president shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as president, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a president or vice president shall have qualified. >> the gentleman from michigan, mr. bishop. >> section 4, the congress made by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons for whom the house of representatives may choose a president whenever the right of the choice shall de involve upon them. for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the senate may choose a vice president whatever the right of choice being devolved upon them. section 5, sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of october following the
ratification of this article. section 6, this article shall be inopera tiff until it has been ratified as an amendment to the constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within the seven years of the date of its submission. amendment 21, section 1, the 18th article of the amendment to the constitution of the united states is hereby repealed. section 2, the transportation into any state, territory or possession of the united states for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors in violation of the laws thereof is hereby prohibited. section 3, this article shall be inoperate ra tiff until it should have been ratified by the amendment of the constitution by conventions in the several states as provided in the constitution within the seven years from the date of the submission hereof the states by
the congress. >> the gentleman from michigan, mr. wolbert. >> no person -- amendment 22, section 1. no person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice, and no person who has held the office of president or acted as president for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected president, shall be elected to the office of president more than once. but this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of president when this article was proposed by congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of president, or acting as president during the term in which this article becomes operative from holding the office of president, or acting as president during the remainder of such term. section 2, this article shall be inoperative as an amendment to
the constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by congress. >> the gentleman from california, mr. lamoutha. >> amendment 23, section 1, the district constitutes the seat of government of the united states shall appoint in such manner as congress may direct. a number of electors of president and vice president equal to the whole number of senators and representatives in congress to which the district would be entitled if it were a state. but no more than the least populous state. they shall be in addition to those appointed by the state, but considered for the purposes of the election of president and vice president to be electors appointed by a state. and they shall meet in the district, perform such duties as provided by the 12th article of amendment. section 2, the congress shall
have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. amendment 24, section 1, right of citizens of the united states to vote in any primary or other election for president or vice president for electors for president or vice president or for senator or representative in congress shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or any states by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax. section 2, that congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. >> the gentle woman from new york, miss tenney. >> amendment 25, section 1, in case of the removal of the president from office or his death or resignation, the vice president shall become president. section 2, whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the vice president, the president
shall nominate a vice president who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority of both houses of congress. section 3, whenever the president transmits to the president pro tem pore and the speaker of the house of representatives, his written declaration is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the vice president as acting president. section 4, whenever the vice president and the majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or such other body as congress may by law provide, transmit to the president pro tem por of the president and speaker of the house of representatives, their written declaration that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the powers and duties of the office, the vice president shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the president as acting president. thereafter, when the president
transmits to the president pro tempor of the senate and speaker of the house of representatives, his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office until the vice president and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or such other body as congress may by law provide transmit within four days to the president pro tempor of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives their written declaration that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. there upon, congress shall decide the issue assembling within 48 hours for that purpose, if not in session. if the congress within 21 days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or if congress is not in session within 21 days after congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both houses that the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the
president -- the vice president shall discontinue to discharge the same as acting president. otherwise, the president shall resume the powers and duties of his office. >> the gentleman from california, mr. mcinerney. >> amendment 26, section 1, the right of citizens of the united states who are 18 years of age or older to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or any state on account of age. section 2, that congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. >> the gentleman from georgia, mr. woodall. >> amendment 27, no law bearing the compensation for the
services of the senators or representatives shall take effect until election of representatives shall have intervened. on friday afternoon, members of the house and senate will meet for a joint session of congress to count electoral college ballots. we'll have live coverage starting at 1:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, online at c-span.org, and on the free c-span radio app. sunday night on afterwards, journalist sophie pinkham regional conflict as told through the stories of the ukrainian people. her book, black square. she's interviewed by alexander cooley, columbia university professor and director of the haraman institute. >> when your state disappears, there is radically reform you
lated, that often leaves a space of chaos. for ordinary people, especially people who don't have a lot of money, people who are in provincial areas, that can lead to a really unbelievable amount of upheaval and stress in their own lives. >> afterwards, sunday night at 9:00 eastern on book tv. go to book tv.org for the complete weekend schedule. house speaker paul ryan talked about his party's plan to expand opportunity for low and middle income americans. academic panels continue the conversation. this is about 2 hours and 45 minutes. thank you very much. good morning, ladies and gentlemen. in a