Vice President of the United States

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The Vice President of the United States[1] (sometimes referred to as VP, Veep, or VPOTUS,[2]) is the first person in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president. As designated by the Constitution of the United States, the vice president also serves as the President of the Senate, and may break tie votes in that chamber.[3] He or she may be assigned additional duties by the president but, as the Constitution assigns no executive powers whatever to the vice president, in performing such duties he or she acts only as an agent of the president.

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  1. "Vice President" may also be written "Vice-President", "Vice president" or "Vice-president". Because the modern usage is "Vice President", it has been used here for consistency.
  2. Safire, William (1997-10-12). On Language; Potus and Flotus. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2007-08-20.
  3. Constitution of the United States of America Article 1 Section 3. Federal Constitutional Convention (1787-09-17). Retrieved on 2008-06-05.