Reforming Congress – Jonathan Bydlak of the R Street Institute

February 4, 2021   Matthew Chervenak

  • Congressional Reform
  • Video
  • 0:20​ – Introduction
  • 2:06​ – Aspects of the budget
  • 4:16​ – Discussing the budget process
  • 10:10​ – How did the budget process work prior to the 1970s?
  • 17:11 – On the utilization of authorization and appropriation acts
  • 18:59​ – What different types of frameworks could be used to build a budget?
  • 25:19​ – How much of an influence does the national debt (or the ability for the federal government to borrow) play in the creation of a new budget?
  • 32:28​ – On the potential for existing ideas or models that could be used as tools to develop better budgets
  • 36:06​ – What should Congress’s budget be?
  • 41:14​ – How to cultivate a culture of accountability within Congress?
    [Lightning Round]
  • 47:29​ – What do you think “congressional representation” should mean?
  • 52:04​ – How would your ideal Congress allocate its time?
  • 54:53​ – How should debate, deliberation, or dialogue occur or be structured in Congress?
  • 57:01​ – What fundamental institutional improvements should Congress make within 50 years?
  • 58:54 – What book or article most shaped your thinking with respect to congressional reform?
  • 1:01:10​ – What plans do you have for your research over the long term?
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