US President Biden writes to Congress that he takes medical leave as Harris becomes first woman to hold office
US President Joe Biden has written to Congress, advising it of his medical leave and requesting permission for his routine treatment.
In Biden’s letter to Congress through Patrick Leahy obtained by SaharaReporters, the president his vice president will exercise those powers and duties as interim president until I give you a written statement that I am able to resume the exercise of these powers and functions. “
He said, âDear Senator Leahy; today I will undergo a routine medical procedure requiring sedation. In view of the current circumstances, I have decided to temporarily transfer the powers and duties of the office of President of the United States to the Vice President during the brief period of proceedings and recovery.
âPursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, this letter constitutes my written declaration that I am presently incapable of exercising the powers and duties of the office of President of the United States. In accordance with Article 3, the Vice-President shall exercise these powers and duties as Acting Chairman until I transmit to you a written declaration that I am able to resume the exercise of these powers and duties.
Meanwhile, Kamala Harris has become the first woman in U.S. history to exercise presidential power as Biden undergoes medical treatment.
In a statement on Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden was under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy.
The president had arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center in the early hours of the day to undergo his first annual routine medical examination since taking office.
By law, it is common for a vice president to assume presidential powers while the president is undergoing a medical procedure requiring anesthesia.
Recall that former Vice President Dick Cheney also served as interim president on several occasions when former President George W. Bush also underwent routine colonoscopies.
According to Article 3 of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the President can send a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Speaker of the Senate to notify both houses of the inability to fulfill their statutory obligations. for a given period of time.
The constitution states that the president must declare that he is “incapable of discharging the powers and duties of his office, and until he conveys to them a written declaration to the contrary, those powers and duties shall be exercised by the vice -president as interim president. “
The development further extends Harris’ impressive records since coming to power.
She is currently the female vice president in U.S. history and the first black woman to hold office.
Harris is also the first South Asian to become US vice president.
In the statement, Psaki said Harris will work from his office in the West Wing while Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is under anesthesia.
Biden is currently the longest-serving first-term president in U.S. history.