Kamala Harris Put in Charge As Joe Biden Goes to Hospital

Kamala Harris Put in Charge as Joe Biden Goes to Hospital

(TheRedWire.com) – On Friday, November 19, President Joe Biden underwent a routine medical procedure as part of his regular yearly physical. Ahead of his 79th birthday, the president traveled to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for a colonoscopy. At 10:10 am, the White House notified Congress that the president temporarily transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris. At that point, she took the reins of the United States government.

For approximately two hours, Harris served as the acting President of the United States. Biden forwarded a formal letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) invoking Section 3 of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The provision states whenever the president transmits a letter to the three congressional leaders saying he will be unable to discharge his duties, he transfers the president’s powers to the vice president as acting president.

During her time as acting president, Harris worked from her office in the West Wing of the White House. Just before noon, the president resumed his duties as Commander in Chief. It’s not the first time a president temporarily transferred power to a vice president. Former President George W. Bush followed the same procedure in 2002 and 2007 during his physical exams and colonoscopies.

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