Homeland Security secretary added to presidential line of succession
Senate Changes Line of Succession
Tue Jul 26, 8:36 PM ET
WASHINGTON - The Senate approved a bill Tuesday to
raise the homeland security secretary from last to
eighth place in the presidential line of succession,
just after the attorney general.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mike DeWine (news, bio,
voting record), R-Ohio, passed without objection just
before the chamber adjourned. The companion House
bill, sponsored by Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., is pending
before the Judiciary and Government Reform committees.
If the bill also passes the House, the order of those
in line to assume the presidency if President Bush is
unable to serve would be:
Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.
_Senate President Pro Tem Ted Stevens, R-Alaska
_Secretary of State
_Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
_Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
_Homeland Security Secretary
_Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton
_Health and Human Services Secretary
_Housing and Urban Development Secretary
_Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta
_Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson
The Constitution, however, requires that the president
be a natural-born citizen, so Gutierrez, born in Cuba,
and Chao, born in Taiwan, would be ineligible.
The bills are S. 442 and H.R. 1455.
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