In the early 1970s, Congress found itself overpowered by the executive branch. In response, it reorganized, resuming power over budgeting and augmenting legislative support agencies. This was a not the first such instance. Congress also reorganized itself in the mid-1940s, reestablishing the First Branch to its pride of place and adjusting operating procedures to meet the challenges of a changing world.

The 21st century is upon us, and many citizens are concerned that Congress is now the “broken branch.” Is it time for legislative reorganization? If so, how should Congress undertake it?

Kevin R. Kosar of the R Street Institute, Walter Oleszek of the Congressional Research Service, Mark Strand of the Congressional Institute and Lee Drutman of New America discussed these issues at a recent R Street event, video of which is embedded below.

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