Senior Goverments Classes Hold Student Congress
The House Will Come to Order

In February, following extensive study of Congress, seniors in Government classes participated in the 21st Student Congress, a simulation of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Each student wrote a unique legislative bill on a topic of their choosing, and was a full voting member. They split up into Republicans and Democrats in a random process to mirror the proportions in the real House. Party members then elected their leaders, including a Speaker, and many served as Committee Chairs or Clerks. Each “Representative” or “Senator” served on a committee, gathered information in a hearing held on each bill, testified for or against bills, and determined if the bill should go forward and in what form. Bills that survived the committee screen were reported to the full chamber for floor debate and voting. The Congress concluded with the veto and override process. Students reported overwhelmingly that their understanding of Congress was much improved through their participation.

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