Thursday, September 15, 2005

Executive Accountability Amendment

I propose amending the U.S. Constitution as follows:
The President, if impeached in the House, shall be removed from office after a vote of three fifths of the Senate.

Currently, the Constitution requires a trial in the Senate and a two-thirds vote. This amendment would dispense with the trial and lower the threshold for removal, thereby effectively weakening the power of the President and making the office more accountable to the Legislative branch.

It would make that phenomenon, which George W. Bush calls an "accountability moment," happen every two years, rather than every four.

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