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The vice-president is the second-highest executive officer and assumes the top role if the president cannot continue in office. He or she serves as president of the Senate, overseeing procedural matters, and has the ability to cast a deciding vote in the event of a tie. The vice-president also presides over a joint session of Congress when it formally counts electoral votes for presidential elections. The role grew in strength in the 20th Century when it became customary to invite vice-presidents to Cabinet meetings and when, in 1949, Congress made the vice-president one of four statutory members of the National Security Council.

Joe Biden
Joe Biden is the current vice president


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