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The torch is passed to a new generation as Sen. Chuck Grassley, 87, steps down as Senate President Pro Tempore, making way for Sen. Patrick Leahy, who won't turn 81 until March. Leahy is now third in line to the presidency, after @SenKama @NancyPelosilaHarris and , who also turns 81 in March

BREAKING: US VP Mike Pence and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate Charles Grassley have been taken to a secure location within the Capitol

BREAKING: Vice President Pence and Senator Charles Grassley, the president pro tempore of the Senate, have been moved to a secure location amid protests at Capitol

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Here is the moment the U.S. Senate went into recess and president pro tempore Sen. Chuck Grassley was escorted off the floor as protesters breached Capitol Hill.

2) VP Pence, in his capacity as President of the Senate, presides. But, there have been several instances where the President Pro Tempore of the Senate (the most senior member of the majority party) presides in place of the Vice President. This would be Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA)

NEW: Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley, the Senate president pro tempore, says he and not Vice President Mike Pence will preside over the certification of Electoral College votes, since "we don't expect him to be there."

C) However, it is possible that Grassley, as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, presides over the SENATE debate when that body is considering an individual challenge to a given state. There is precedent for the Vice President to duck out of the Joint session.

Spokesman: “Sen. Grassley did not say he would preside over the joint session, but instead indicated that he would preside over the debate in the Senate—as president pro tempore of the Senate—if the Vice President is not present for any portion of that debate ...

Senate back in session now. Grassley presiding as President Pro Tempore. He had been quarantined and then tested positive for coronavirus. But Grassley never showed symptoms.

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BREAKING: 87-year-old Sen. Grassley, 3rd in the presidential line of succession as the president pro tempore of the US Senate, announces he has tested positive for coronavirus.

BREAKING: 87-year-old Sen. Grassley, 3rd in the presidential line of succession as the president pro tempore of the US Senate, announces he has tested positive for coronavirus.

@Chuck Grassley says he’s been exposed to coronavirus. At 87 years old, Grassley is the president pro tempore of the Senate.

If that were to happen, @POTUS  @realDonald Trump would transmit a written note to the Senate president pro tempore, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, and House@NancyPelosi  . Pence would serve as acting president until Trump transmitted "a written declaration to the contrary. "

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New order of presidential succession: 1) Pence (Vice President) 2) Pelosi (House Speaker) 3) Grassley (Senate president pro tempore) 4) Pompeo (Secretary of State) 5) Mnuchin (Treasury Secretary)

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