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  • Collection: Indiana University Libraries Modern Political Papers

At the opening of the February 4 Judiciary Committee meeting, Everett Dirksen presented a surprise amendment to S. J. Res. 1 that would have essentially gutted the resolution of language laying out specific procedures for handling presidential…

In the interest of time, Bayh suggested considering the resolution section by section. After nearly three hours of working over the language, the committee voted to report S. J. Res. 1 in a revised form to the full Senate.

In the House, 32 proposals regarding Presidential succession had been introduced. Hearings were scheduled to begin February 7 before the full House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Emmanuel Celler, on the first day of which Bayh was to appear. In…

On February 18, the day S. J. Res. 1 was to be the pending order of business in the Senate, press reports made Bayh and his staff aware that Everett Dirksen might join Roman Hruska’s effort to replace the resolution with an enabling amendment only,…

As further amendments were proposed, it became clear to Sam Ervin and others of divergent positions that they were setting a dangerous precedent in allowing amendments to a proposed constitutional amendment on the Senate floor. When Bayh began to…

On February 22 S. J. Res. 1 was delivered to the House, where it went to the House Judiciary Committee, which had only concluded its hearings on the companion bill, H. R. Res. 1, the week before. On April 13 S. J. Res. 1 was debated in the House and…

Realizing that senators could be predicted to see that as a violation of their tradition of unlimited debate, Bayh requested a conference committee and on April 28 the House insisted on its amendments and agreed to a conference. On May 10, the…

Three areas of disagreement emerged between House and Senate versions, all involving time: the period of time during which the vice president and cabinet must decide whether they disagree with the president’s declaration that he is fit to resume…

Staff notes capture the flavor of the debate.

On the first two points compromise was reached, but the third ran up against the Senate’s insistence on unlimited debate, and negotiations stalled.
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