WMS Model Congress

Post date: Sep 16, 2016 1:36:39 AM

  • 8 members of the Senate, 15 members of the House of Representatives and 1 Vice President.
  • Since 1890, the most senior senator in the majority party has generally been chosen to be president pro tempore.
  • When the House convenes for the first time, each major party conference or caucus nominates a candidate for Speaker. Members customarily elect the Speaker by roll call vote.
  • The Senate Republican and Democratic floor leaders are elected by the members of their party in the Senate at the beginning of each Congress. Depending on which party is in power, one serves as majority leader and the other as minority leader.
  • You must work with your fellow representatives to get a bill passed before the end of the period on Monday.
  • Below is example of passed bills. Each bill must say which house it began in and a number not to be repeated by another bill.
  • All bills must be detailed and recorded on the WMS Model Congress bill template.
  • All bills must pass there house with a majority vote before going to the other house for another majority vote. The new house may make changes or amendments. Which in that case it needs to go back to the original house to be voted on again with changes or amendments.
  • If a bill passes both houses then the President can veto it or sign it into law. If the President vetos it both houses must approve it with a 2/3 vote for it to become law.
  • Good luck!

MODEL CONGRESS Committee: Princeton Model Congress

Principal Author: John C

Bill No: House Bill 102

Delegation: Orange

Title of Bill: An Act to Reduce Government Subsidy Spending BE IT ENACTED BY THE PRINCETON MODEL CONGRESS

Preamble: Whereas $114,024,265,743 has been appropriated to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the past seven years for subsidies, and since 10% of the total USDA subsidy payment recipients were paid 65% of the total USDA subsidies in 2002, and since subsidized farm operations drove small farmers off their land to cause a 15% decline in the number of farmers from 1987 to 1997, and since the 1994 Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture established parameters for freer worldwide trade, SECTION 1: This act may be cited as the “Freedom to Farm Bill.”

SECTION 2: Individual farmers, farming corporations or corporate entities shall not receive subsidies if that person or entity makes less than 80% of their income from agricultural operations.

SECTION 3: There shall be a limit of total subsidies per person per year of $150,000.

SECTION 4: A farming commission shall be created by the USDA to assess-- Sub-SECTION A: The concentration of the subsidy payments. Sub-SECTION B: How subsidies influence productivity. Sub-SECTION C: The influence of subsidies on-- (A) Rural Poverty (B) Agricultural Growth (C) Foreign trade

SECTION 5: There shall be an expansion of the quota buy-out program set by the 2002 Farm Bill. Sub-SECTION A: The industries subject to the quota buy-out program are the corn, wheat, rice and sugar industries. Sub-SECTION B: The USDA will create and implement a buy-out program that will completely abolish quotas in these industries over the 5 years following the passage of this bill.

SECTION 6: This bill shall go into effect 91 days after passage.

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