Reading of the Constitutionby Representative Charles J. "Chuck" Fleischmann
Posted on 2013-01-15
FLEISCHMANN. Amendment XX:
``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 3rd day of January, of the years in
which such terms would have ended if this article had not been
ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.''
``The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such
meeting shall begin at noon on the 3rd
day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.''
Mr. GOODLATTE. I yield to the gentlewoman from Florida (Ms. Ros-
Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. 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 before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President-elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President- elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President-elect nor a Vice President-elect 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.'' Mr. GOODLATTE. I yield to the gentlewoman from Indiana (Mrs. Brooks).