This audio recording is the first in a series of forums held at The New School to explore the process and future of legislative action in the United States Congress. Moderator David Mandel of the Fund for New Priorities in America introduces the first speaker, United States Representative Shirley Chisholm, who speaks at 4:47 on the federal food stamp program. United States Representative Ogden Reid speaks at 10:26, discussing migrant workers, family planning, legal services for the poor, a national day care center program, and funding for education. Department of Health, Education and Welfare Commissioner John Costa speaks at 18:09, remarking on the welfare program and the family assistance plan in Congress. Journalist and author Nick Kotz speaks at 28:20, explaining his criticism of the Nixon administration's attempts to improve poverty, and the need for congressional reform. The question and answer period begins at 42:28 the topics of which include: congressional reform, voter complacency, national wage standards, inflation, national day care, the Family Assistance Plan bill in Congress, and political partisanship.