Your assignment is to write a bill for the model Congress that will take place in our class. The model Congress will involve each student acting as a member of the House of Representatives or the United States Senate. Each member of Congress will attempt to pass a self-written bill through the class legislature. You must be able to convince committee members and possibly one chamber of Congress that your bill has merit and worthy enough to be passed. Therefore, your bill must be well written, and you must be able to argue passionately in favor of your legislation.
Sample bill that you should use as the example when drafting your bill.
Below is a Mark-Up of A Proposed Bill
Use the file below as your template as you draft your bill.
Bill Directions and Requirements
- Each bill must be creative—you may research actual bills, but should contain original ideas. Use examples from actual bills at http://www.house.gov and http://senate.gov to assist you.
- Must be a minimum of one page, single-spaced typed. You will turn your completed bill into Mr. Fetscher via Angel.
- Type your name period affiliation, and committee assignments in the upper right hand corner of the page. If your bill requires funding, you must list Appropriations in addition to the other committee it relates to (bills can be assigned to more than one committee). If you’re unsure what category is appropriate, see your party leadership.
- Critical Elements of the bill- Each bill must contain the following:
A. A title (you can name it after yourself or what the bill is intended today)
B. A statement of purpose/ need. Consider the people you represent. This part of the project should read
like a speech that you would deliver on the floor of the House/ Senate if you were called upon to
introduce your bill.
C. Appropriations Request. If your bill requires funding (most of them will), then you must identify the amount
of money your bill requires, and justify why this bill should go to the appropriations committee to receive
money. Indicate how and why the government can and should afford to pay for this program.
Research Sources. You must do research for your bill and cite at least three (3) sources in this section. (News articles, statistics, interest group or political think tank information will be allowed) Cite your sources using MLA style at the bottom of your bill.