Bustos Statement on Vote for Resolution to Invoke the 25th Amendment

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17) issued the following statement:

“If a leader cannot or will not lead, then he must resign or be removed. Last week, the President exhibited an unmistakable and grave failure of leadership.

“It is for that reason that, this evening, I cast my vote in favor of a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, to remove the President from office.

“Last week, our nation refused to bow down to domestic terrorists. Today, we will take the next step in removing from office a man who chose violence over patriotism.

“I urge Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment immediately so we may begin to deliver justice and our nation may begin to heal.”

The 25th Amendment stipulates that the President may be removed if the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet agree that the President is unable to carry out the powers and duties of his office. If invoked, the Vice President may become Acting President.