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H.R. 1987 (115th): Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act

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About the bill

There are two ways that a president can be legally removed from office. One way — impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate — almost everybody knows and has been attempted several times in American history. The second way, very few people know about and has never been attempted in American history.

A current House bill would be the first to try this alternate approach, against President Trump.

The context

The possibility of congressional impeachment has gained attention lately, amid growing calls from Democrats and even some Republicans that Donald Trump may have committed obstruction of justice. FBI then-director James Comey has claimed that Trump asked his agency to drop their investigation of administration national security advisor Michael Flynn on charges of collusion with Russia.

Impeachment is usually viewed as ...

Sponsor and status

Jamie Raskin

Sponsor. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 6, 2017
Length: 8 pages
Apr 6, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 6, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


67 Cosponsors (67 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Raskins Statement on Trump Cabinets Reported Consideration of Invoking 25th Amendment
    — Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8] (Sponsor) on Sep 5, 2018

Rep. Raskins 25th Amendment Bill Gains Momentum, Garners 50 Cosponsors
    — Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8] (Sponsor) on Dec 6, 2017

Raskin Introduces Bill to Establish Independent Commission on Presidential Capacity
    — Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD8] (Sponsor) on May 12, 2017

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Apr 6, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 1987 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1987. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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