House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., plans to introduce legislation Friday that would create a “Commission on Presidential Capacity,” which would be involved in presidential transfer of power procedures under the 25th Amendment.
The legislation would create the commission “to help ensure effective and uninterrupted leadership in the highest office in the Executive Branch of government,” Pelosi’s office said in a news release.
Pelosi will hold a news conference on the bill with Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., at the Capitol Friday morning, the release said.
Raskin, a constitutional law expert, introduced a similar measure in a previous Congress.
The 25th Amendment requires a declaration of the president’s inability from the vice president and either a majority of either the heads of executive branch departments “or of such other body as Congress may by law provide,” to be sent to the speaker of the House–in this case, Pelosi–and the president pro tempore of the Senate–currently Sen.
Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. While the amendment allows for Congress to pass a law that would create a body to sign off on such a declaration, Pelosi would have to convince Senate Republicans to go along with it.
Plus, Vice President Mike Pence would also have to sign the declaration as well, which would be highly unlikely.