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The Game of Politics Simulation: An Exploratory Study
Unformatted Document Text:  . Appendix A Model Answer to Each Essay Question Following are the two essay questions and grading criteria along with reference to the 25 open-ended questions that required very brief answers. Essay 1: (30 points) Assume that you are a lobbyist who supports legislation increasing funds for low-cost student loans. Describe the steps to successfully pass a law and divide your answer into three parts that specifically deal with: A. The House. B. The Senate. C. The Role(s) of the President. (1) At the appropriate places make sure you deal with at least the following in their proper order: (a) Who assigns the bill; (b) Roles and possible actions of the Standing Committees. (2) Deal with the many specific ways in which the bill may be obstructed and the ways to overcome each possible barrier. Also, wherever relevant, note the processes and the minimum votes required to overcome each obstruction until the bill becomes law. The following represents a model answer on which I based the points awarded.: First, the bill should be introduced in the House since it pertains to raising revenue. The Speaker of the House or the House Parliamentarian if authorized by the Speaker assigns it to the appropriate committee – in this case, the Education Committee – or if the Speaker wants it killed he can refer it to a committee for burial. Likely, it will go to the Education Committee and its Chairman has the option of not placing it on the agenda. Theoretically, the committee members could over-ride the chairman and place it on the agenda, but realistically, since the Speaker’s party constitutes a majority and since over

Authors: Kahn, Melvin. and Perez, Kathleen.
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Appendix A
Model Answer to Each Essay Question
Following are the two essay questions and grading criteria along with reference to the 25 open-ended
questions that required very brief answers.
Essay 1: (30 points) Assume that you are a lobbyist who supports legislation increasing funds for low-cost
student loans. Describe the steps to successfully pass a law and divide your answer into three parts that
specifically deal with:
A. The House.
B. The Senate.
C. The Role(s) of the President.
(1) At the appropriate places make sure you deal with at least the following in their proper order: (a) Who
assigns the bill; (b) Roles and possible actions of the Standing Committees.
(2) Deal with the many specific ways in which the bill may be obstructed and the ways to overcome each
possible barrier. Also, wherever relevant, note the processes and the minimum votes required to overcome
each obstruction until the bill becomes law.
The following represents a model answer on which I based the points awarded.:
First, the bill should be introduced in the House since it pertains to raising revenue. The Speaker
of the House or the House Parliamentarian if authorized by the Speaker assigns it to the appropriate
committee – in this case, the Education Committee – or if the Speaker wants it killed he can refer it to a
committee for burial. Likely, it will go to the Education Committee and its Chairman has the option of
not placing it on the agenda. Theoretically, the committee members could over-ride the chairman and
place it on the agenda, but realistically, since the Speaker’s party constitutes a majority and since over


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