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Bipartisan Groups Urge Congress to Curb Executive Branch Power

  • House bill would protect inspectors general, whistle-blowers
  • Organizations decry loss of congressional clout over decades
President Donald Trump signs an executive order at the White House in 2017.
President Donald Trump signs an executive order at the White House in 2017.Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Sipa USA/Bloomberg

A bipartisan coalition of advocacy groups is urging Congress to pass legislation to reinforce constitutional checks and balances and curb the powers of the executive branch in the wake of the Trump presidency.

“After four years of Donald Trump exposing kind of the cracks and vulnerabilities in our government system, it’s important to seize this moment of reform, to rebalance power between the branches, just like Congress did, after Watergate,” said Brett Edkins, political director of Stand Up America, the progressive organization leading the effort along with Protect Democracy.