What if the Presidency is to be decided by the US House, but the House refuses?

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Jul 27, 2016 02:56 PM 0 Answers
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If the electoral college fails to select a majority candidate for President, the US House decides who becomes President, voting by state blocks.

But what if the House simply... doesn't? If the Senate can refuse to fill a seat on the Supreme Court, can the House refuse to fill the Presidency?

In which case, upon the end of term of the present administration, does the Speaker of the House automatically succeed to the Presidency instead? And since the Speaker doesn't actually have to be an elected member of the House, can the US Congress in this circumstance theoretically make any qualified person they want President?

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