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Homeland Security secretary added to presidential line of succession

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050727/ap_on_go_co/line_of_succession Senate Changes Line of Succession Tue Jul 26, 8:36 PM ET WASHINGTON - The Senate approved a
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 26, 2005
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      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:

      _Vice President
      Dick Cheney

      _House Speaker
      Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

      _Senate President Pro Tem Ted Stevens, R-Alaska

      _Secretary of State
      Condoleezza Rice

      _Treasury Secretary
      John Snow

      _Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld

      _Attorney General Alberto Gonzales

      _Homeland Security Secretary
      Michael Chertoff

      _Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton

      _Agriculture Secretary
      Mike Johanns

      _Commerce Secretary
      Carlos Gutierrez

      _Labor Secretary
      Elaine Chao

      _Health and Human Services Secretary
      Mike Leavitt

      _Housing and Urban Development Secretary
      Alphonso Jackson

      _Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta

      _Energy Secretary
      Samuel Bodman

      _Education Secretary
      Margaret Spellings

      _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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