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Teaching American Political Institutions Using Role-playing Simulations
Unformatted Document Text:  43 link at the top of the page. The 109 th Congress is 2005-2006, the 108 th Congress is 2003-2004, the 107 th Congress is 2001-2002, and so on. Unfortunately, senators don’t always speak about a particular bill or amendment on the Senate floor, so you will have to discover their positions in other ways. The next best search option is the senator’s own web site. All senators have a section devoted to press releases, and many also have sections devoted to major issues. You should find a lot of information there about their position on Iraq. If all else fails, then you might want to do a Lexis-Next search ( http://web.lexis- nexis.com/universe/form/academic/s_guidednews.html ). From the first drop-down menu, select ―U.S. News.‖ From the second drop-down menu, select the appropriate state. Finally, enter your search terms (e.g., ―Joe Biden‖ and ―Iraq‖). You can also search ―General News,‖ instead of ―U.S. News,‖ but that will return mostly national news sources (many senators do not have a significant national profile). Schedule and Rules This handout was passed out on the day of the simulation so that students could have a short list of rules in front of them during the day’s activities. Order Of Business & Schedule I. Party Caucus/Conference Meetings (10-15 minutes) II. Legislative Debate (65 minutes) A. Consideration of S. 6700 (60 minutes) 1. S. 6700 will receive up to 60 minutes of debate and deliberation (including amendments) prior to a final vote, with time equally divided between the majority and minority parties. 2. Senators may rise to speak for up to 2 minutes about the bill. Each senator must seek time from either the chairman or the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee before he or she can be recognized by the presiding officer. 3. At the end of the 60-minute time period, assuming there is no filibuster underway, the majority and minority leaders will each have 2 minutes to summarize their position on the bill and urge a vote for or against the measure (as amended). B. Amendments 1. Any senator may offer an amendment to S. 6700. Any senator may also choose to offer a second-degree amendment to an amendment under consideration. 2. Each first-degree amendment will get 10 minutes of debate, with time equally divided between proponents and opponents. 3. Each second-degree amendment will get 5 minutes of debate, with time equally divided between proponents and opponents. 4. Senators can speak for up to 1 minute about each amendment. 5. At the end of each 10-minute (or 5-minute) period for debate, the senate will move to a vote on the amendment. Motions to table are also in order at this time. C. Filibusters 1. One filibuster is in order at any time during the simulation. Each party caucus may decide to designate someone to filibuster on behalf of the party, or a senator may individually choose to begin a filibuster. 2. During a filibuster, the senator who is filibustering cannot yield the floor at any time or the filibuster will immediately end. 3. After 5 minutes of filibustering, the Senate will automatically proceed to a vote on whether or not to end the filibuster. If 60 percent of the senators (15 senators) vote to end debate, then the filibuster will immediately cease. If fewer than 60 percent vote to end

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link at the top of the page. The 109
th
Congress is 2005-2006, the 108
th
Congress is 2003-2004, the 107
th
Congress is 2001-2002, and so on.

Unfortunately, senators don’t always speak about a particular bill or amendment on the Senate floor, so
you will have to discover their positions in other ways. The next best search option is the senator’s own
web site. All senators have a section devoted to press releases, and many also have sections devoted to
major issues. You should find a lot of information there about their position on Iraq.

If all else fails, then you might want to do a Lexis-Next search (
). From the first drop-down menu, select ―U.S.
News.‖ From the second drop-down menu, select the appropriate state. Finally, enter your search terms
(e.g., ―Joe Biden‖ and ―Iraq‖). You can also search ―General News,‖ instead of ―U.S. News,‖ but that
will return mostly national news sources (many senators do not have a significant national profile).
Schedule and Rules
This handout was passed out on the day of the simulation so that students could have a short list
of rules in front of them during the day’s activities.
Order Of Business & Schedule

I.
Party Caucus/Conference Meetings (10-15 minutes)
II.
Legislative Debate (65 minutes)
A.
Consideration of S. 6700 (60 minutes)
1.
S. 6700 will receive up to 60 minutes of debate and deliberation (including amendments)
prior to a final vote, with time equally divided between the majority and minority parties.
2.
Senators may rise to speak for up to 2 minutes about the bill. Each senator must seek
time from either the chairman or the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee
before he or she can be recognized by the presiding officer.
3.
At the end of the 60-minute time period, assuming there is no filibuster underway, the
majority and minority leaders will each have 2 minutes to summarize their position on the
bill and urge a vote for or against the measure (as amended).
B.
Amendments
1.
Any senator may offer an amendment to S. 6700. Any senator may also choose to offer a
second-degree amendment to an amendment under consideration.
2.
Each first-degree amendment will get 10 minutes of debate, with time equally divided
between proponents and opponents.
3.
Each second-degree amendment will get 5 minutes of debate, with time equally divided
between proponents and opponents.
4.
Senators can speak for up to 1 minute about each amendment.
5.
At the end of each 10-minute (or 5-minute) period for debate, the senate will move to a
vote on the amendment. Motions to table are also in order at this time.
C.
Filibusters
1.
One filibuster is in order at any time during the simulation. Each party caucus may
decide to designate someone to filibuster on behalf of the party, or a senator may
individually choose to begin a filibuster.
2.
During a filibuster, the senator who is filibustering cannot yield the floor at any time or
the filibuster will immediately end.
3.
After 5 minutes of filibustering, the Senate will automatically proceed to a vote on
whether or not to end the filibuster. If 60 percent of the senators (15 senators) vote to end
debate, then the filibuster will immediately cease. If fewer than 60 percent vote to end


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