Americans appear to believe Congress does not represent their interests. Polling shows that 75% of Americans say they disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, with supermajority disapproval the norm since 2005. But there is something Congress can do about this. Congress can reinvigorate representative democracy.

I propose an instrument called Taxpayer Empowerment Funds (TEF). Congress can enact TEFs through statute to empower voters to reveal their wants across the many areas of action taken by the federal government. By empowering voters and delivering information about their wants, TEFs can help Congress improve its legitimacy and help Americans achieve better representation.

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