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House Passes Bill to Ensure Continuity

Elections Would Follow Fatal Attack. The House passed a measure yesterday to ensure Congress can continue its work if many lawmakers perish in a terrorist attack. But opponents warned that the bill will not prevent a power vacuum at a time when the country can least afford one. The legislation, approved 306 to 97, would require states to hold special elections within 45 days after the House speaker certifies that at least 100 of the chamber’s 435 members have been killed in a catastrophic event. (Under House rules, the speaker designates a list of temporary successors for his post in the event he is unable to serve.) A Senate panel is considering legislation to provide for the continuity of its operations if many of its members are incapacitated. Full Story

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