The Congress course features a role-playing legislative simulation:

"I learned several important lessons from the simulation:

  • Sometimes being called the antichrist is a compliment;
  • Knowing parliamentary procedure is not as important as convincing someone else that you know parliamentary procedure; 
  • Definitions are important, especially the definition of definition;
  • When in doubt, stall, stall, stall, and then make a quorum call;
  • Once they get mad, they're all yours;
  • Simulation or not, victory is sweet."
      • -- Christiana N. Dominguez, 1999

  • "A chairman has dual roles: shepherd and sheepdog.  Sometimes he must tend to his flock, and sometimes he must bite them in the buttocks." -- Kevin Walkow, 2007

  • "It is easier to whip early and nice than it is to whip late and mean." -- Rylan Weythman, 2006

  • "No matter what position you take, there is sure to be a position you can fill."-- Andrew Lee, 2006

  • "There have been so many moments now in my various political jobs post-CMC where I've said, `Ah, this is just like simulation,' and my colleagues will look at me with very confused looks." -- Byron Koay, 2004, 2006


Simulation Manual:  

See video of previous simulations:: and

Previous Simulation documents:

Twitter Guidelines at

Roles in 2014: 



Monday, March 31    
6:30-7:30 State of the Union & GOP Response Davidson Lecture Auditorium, Adams Hall
7:30-9:00 Committee Meetings:  
  Finance Roberts NORTH 102
  (not Roberts South, where our class meets!)
  Judiciary Roberts NORTH 105
  White House, misc. Roberts NORTH 103
Tuesday, April 1    
6:30-9:00 Hearings:  
  Finance Kravis 161
  Judiciary Kravis 168
  White House, misc. Kravis 167
Wednesday, April 2    
6:30-9:00 Markup:  
  Finance Kravis 161
  Judiciary Kravis 168
White House, misc. Kravis 167
Thursday, April 3    
6:30-10:00 Floor session Davidson Lecture Auditorium, Adams Hall


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