"U.S. Senate" Simulation

U.S. Senate

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Roles:

  • Fifteen senators assigned to five committees and considering 15 bills.

    This simulation's content is frequently updated to reflect changes and shifting priorities within the real U.S. Senate.

  • Teams of 2 - 5 students per role (recommended)

Length of Simulation:

  • Flexible; Set by instructor

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Description

Illuminate the inner workings of committee politics in this simulation which casts students as senators sitting on several committees. Throughout the simulation, students learn about the compromises and considerations necessary to create legislation as they consider, amend, and vote on a variety of bills at the committee level.

Senators must decide which of the bills under consideration should be a top priority, what amendments they believe are necessary, and how they can succeed in ensuring that the bills they support are reported out to the full Senate for a deliberation and vote.

Fifteen fictional senators are featured in the simulation. Students, as senators, devise strategies for working with their colleagues in order to ensure that they are best able to advance their own particular legislative agenda. Each senator is a member of two or three committees, with each committee considering three draft bills. The simulation includes pre-loaded draft bills which the participants amend and debate. Biographical information is provided for each senator.

This simulation was developed with the support of the Dirksen Congressional Center.

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Technical Requirements

ICONSnet is optimized for display and use on desktop and laptop computers. Participants will need one or more Internet-connected computers or devices, and recent Web browser software. Recommended Web browsers include recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, or Internet Explorer (version 10 or above).

Note: Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser are encouraged to upgrade to the most recent version of Internet Explorer (currently IE 11), available on the Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 operating systems. Users of older Microsoft operating systems, e.g., Windows XP, are encouraged to use recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Opera.

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