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Plan Urged for Congress in Case of Attack

The Constitution should be amended to ensure the quick selection of replacements should many lawmakers be killed or incapacitated by a terrorist attack on Congress, a commission formed after the Sept. 11 attacks recommended Wednesday. Governors now appoint senators when vacancies arise before an election, but the only provision for replacing House members is a special election that can take months to organize. The commission said governors should appoint the replacements, selecting people of their choice or picking from a list of candidates that House members would compile. Congress should determine how many lawmakers would have to be killed or unable to perform before the amendment would apply, the commission said. Full Story

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