A strong democracy depends upon the separation of powers within government. When the system works properly, the legislature and courts prevent the executive branch from amassing too much power. This balance has shifted in recent years, with Congress abdicating its role, and President Trump is now undermining checks and balances by attacking the judiciary, withholding information from Congress, and punishing states that have opposed his policies. We are working to maintain a strong separation of powers, and fight executive power grabs.
Taking on the Threat
As Americans, we have strong tools rooted in our Constitution and system of checks and balances to prevent our democracy from declining into a more authoritarian form of government. With experience upholding the guardrails of democracy in the American government, and working with experts who study the rise and fall of democracies around the world, we’ve identified key areas of risk that need our immediate attention. Here is what we’re doing to Protect our Democracy in each of those key areas:
Executive Power Grabs
Trump’s Acts Show the Urgent Need to Curb the Imperial Presidency
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BREAKING: Court Reverses Wisconsin Legislature’s Post-Election Power Grab
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BREAKING: Border Community Where Trump Rallied for His Wall Sues President Over Emergency Declaration
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BREAKING: Lawsuit Promised if President Trump Makes Emergency Declaration
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Blumenthal v. Whitaker Notice of Voluntary Dismissal
El Paso County & Border Network for Human Rights v. President Trump, et al – Amicus Brief of POGO et al in Support of Summary Judgment
El Paso County & Border Network for Human Rights v. President Trump, et al. – Amicus Brief by Former Republican Members of Congress