The U.S. Senate Simulation Project
Step 1. You have been assigned the role of an existing United States Senator. Find the website of your assigned Senator below and fill in the information requested in your Senator Information Form. (If you have lost your original form you can download a blank copy HERE.
Step 2. Below you will find various issues, some of which may be important to the constituents of your state.
Using your assigned Senator's website, and the links included below, find out which issues are the most important ones to your state and its constituency.
(If you would like to choose another issue that you feel might be more important to your state, please speak with me before selecting to work on it.)
Enter the information that you find on the part of your questionnaire that deals with state/constituency opinions
Gun Control Bill Environmental Issues (Fracking, Offshore Oil Drilling, Pipelines) Marijuana Legalization Repeal of Obamacare
Making Prayer Legal in Schools Military Spending (Keep Up a Strong Military/Closing Military Bases) Gay Marriage Immigration Reform Laws
Helpful Research Project Links:
Official site of "the living symbol of our union of states." Connect with Senators, and learn about Senate committees, legislation, records, art, history, schedules, ...
Gallup.Com provides data-driven news based on U.S. and world polls, daily tracking and public opinion research. Articles and videos cover news, politics, ...
PollingReport.com. A nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.
A Chicago-based political news and polling data aggregator The site's founders say their goal is to give readers "ideological diversity".
A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling,
Step 3. Write a proposal (a paragraph) for a new law based on the issue(s) you have researched.
This proposed bill must be popular with your constituents based on your research. (You must cite the webpage that you are basing your research on.)
Enter your proposal and supporting information on the Bill Submission Form provided. (If you have lost your original form you can download a blank copy HERE.)
iMPORTANT: At this point you must start to keep a journal .
As you speak to various Senators take notes on what they say to you and add this information to your journal.
Make notes of any bargains that you need to make to garner support for your bill and make sure that you don't agree to
anything that might anger your constituency or any lobbyists that may have been thinking of donating to your campaign.
You must try and get support for your bill
1. FInd out which committee will be in charge of approving your bill.
2. Figure out how many you must get signatures from to get a majority that will support your bill.
3. Begin to speak with fellow Senators who is on the correct committee that will be willing to consider your bill. You may do this in person or, if you desire, through your Archimedes email. Make sure that you do not delete any email conversations that you have. These make be worth extra points if they are constructive and on topic (Fie: trying to convince a Senator to support you.)
(WARNING: Every Senator is on several committees AND every Senator must keep their own constituents happy.
Check on line and find out which Senators might be likely to support your bill before approaching them.)
3. When you find a Senator willing to support your bill - get him to write the name of his committee on your Bill Submission Form and get his signature.
4. Speak with other fellow Senators and get them to commit to supporting your bill by also signing your Bill Submission Form.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO FIND A SENATOR THAT IS WILLING TO SUPPORT YOUR BILL AND IS ON THE RIGHT COMMITTEE -
YOUR BILL IS DEAD
AND YOU MUST PICK ANOTHER ISSUE AND PURSUE THAT AS BEST YOU CAN.
The goal here is to get a majority of Senators from the correct committee to approve your bill.
Once you do this your bill can be brought to a vote by the entire U.S. Senate.
If the majority of the Senate votes for your bill, it becomes a law!
Step 5. Once the time is up for the simulation you must write a 5 - 7 paragraph essay evaluating this Senate Simulation
and assessing the success or failure of this assignment in its goal of teaching Participation in Government students about how the U.S. Senate works.
This assignment must be submitted along with your:
Senator Information Form
Bill Submission Form