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Vice President of the United States Edit

Executive Branch of the U.S. Government

Office of the Vice President

Office not in Use.
Style Mr or Madam. Vice President

(Informal)
The Honorable
(Formal)
Mr or Madam. President
(When presiding over Senate)
His or Her Excellency
(Diplomatic, outside the U.S.)

Member of Cabinet

National Security Council

Residence Number One Observatory Circle
Seat Washington, D.C., U.S.
Appointer Electoral College
Term length Four years
Constituting instrument U.S. Constitution
Inaugural holder John Adams

(April 21, 1789)

Formation March 4, 1789
Succession First in the Presidential Line of Succession
Salary $230,700 Annually

The Vice President of the United States (VPOTUS) is the second-highest position in the executive branch of the United States, after the president. The executive power of both the vice president and the president is granted under Article Two, Section One of the Constitution. The vice president is indirectly elected, together with the president, to a four-year term of office by the people of the United States through the Electoral College.The vice president is the first person in the presidential line of succession, and would normally ascend to the presidency upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president.

The vice president is also president of the United States Senate.In that capacity, he is allowed to vote in the Senate only when necessary to break a tie. While Senate customs have created super-majority rules that have diminished this constitutional tie-breaking authority, the vice president still retains the ability to influence legislation; for example, the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 was passed in the Senate by a tie-breaking vice presidential vote. Additionally, pursuant to the Twelfth Amendment, the vice president presides over the joint session of Congress when it convenes to count the vote of the Electoral College.

While the vice president's only constitutionally prescribed functions aside from presidential succession relate to his role as President of the Senate, the office is commonly viewed as a component of the executive branch of the federal government. The United States Constitution does not expressly assign the office to any one branch, causing a dispute among scholars whether it belongs to the executive branch, the legislative branch, or both. The modern view of the vice president as a member of the executive branch is due in part to the assignment of executive duties to the vice president by either the President or Congress, though such activities are only recent historical developments. On October 5th 2013, Susan Ross, U.S. Senator of Virginia, was sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States. National Security Director, Jake Ballard was jointly elected with U.S Senator Mellie Grant, but due to his resignation, President-Elect Mellie Grant named Luna Vargas to succeed incumbent Vice President Susan Ross. On January 20th 2017, Luna Vargas was sworn in as the 50th Vice President of the United States, succeeding Ross. But after being forced to commit suicide by taking a pill. She was forced to do so because Olivia found out that she was actually behind the assassination of her husband Frankie Vargas because she didn't want to be just "First Lady" of the United States while her husband is the President. The office is currently not in use until President Mellie Grant nominates a new candidate to succeed her.

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