Rethinking Our Democracy


The inauguration of President Biden offers an opportunity for reevaluating and reforming the relationship between Congress and the presidency.

Relations between Congress and the presidency are very nearly broken. The legislative process has been mired in gridlock. Unilateral directives have regularly substituted for laws. Unless Congress and the president find ways to work with one another, the federal government cannot hope to meet the pressing modern challenges that stand before it.

In the lead up and aftermath of the 2020 election, Protect Democracy—in partnership with the Center for Effective Government at the University of Chicago—launched a joint initiative to present, refine, and develop momentum for institutional reforms that focus on relationships between Congress and the presidency.

Rethinking Our Democracy focused on several key topics for discussion, including:

  • Strengthening Congress’s power over delegated authorities

  • Improving the legislative process

  • Reforming the National Emergencies Act

  • Creating additional checks on executive power

In partnership with the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, we published an explanatory series of reform proposals that promote new legislative ideas to strengthen democratic institutions and make the case for broad reforms.

Monkey Cage blog articles

Read the articles from our series on institutional reform here.

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