Restoring the proper role of the Presidency.
We’re proposing a series of nonpartisan reforms to return the Presidency to its proper constitutional role.
The Executive Branch needs reform.
It's been nearly fifty years since Congress and the Executive Branch made their last major reforms to the Presidency. In recent years, the laws, norms, and institutions they created have proven insufficient. It's time, once again, to restore the proper role of the Presidency.
Challenges & Reforms
The Electoral Count Act is a vague piece of legislation that must be clarified to prevent the politicization of certifying election results.
Informal norms that govern the President's relationship with law enforcement have proven to be insufficient to prevent abuses.
Legislative and Executive Branch reforms should focus on reining in an over-extended Executive Branch and adding greater legal specificity to certain Presidential powers.
Reforming the Electoral Count Act
A statement from Presidential Reform Project Co-Chairs Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith on recent Senate actions to clarify the vague language and ambiguities in the Electoral Count Act.
Who We Are
Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith are accomplished legal scholars with experience in Presidential administrations of both parties. They have come together to propose reforms geared toward reforming the Presidency and rebuilding some of the guardrails around Presidential power.
Harvard Law School
NYU School of Law
News & Updates
September 27, 2022 Statement
September 12, 2022 Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith
August 4, 2022 Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith
August 3, 2022 Bob Bauer
July 24, 2022 Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith