Now, one Democratic lawmaker is taking steps to remedy the situation.
Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer recently introduced a bill that would allow former presidents and vice presidents, along with the current VP, to judge whether or not a president is fit for office.
The bill would expand on the existing powers of the 25th Amendment, adopted in 1967 in response to the assassination of JFK, which states that the vice president would take over for the president in the event that they are removed from office, die, or resign.
In a statement, Blumenauer said:
It is hard to imagine a better group to work with the vice president to examine whether the president is able to discharge the duties of the office. When there are questions about the president’s ability to fulfill his or her constitutional responsibilities, it is in the country’s best interest to have a mechanism in place that works effectively.
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