Virtual Model U.S. Senate Conference

Online event – Sunday 11 October 2020

This one-day virtual conference offers an exciting opportunity to debate some of the most pressing and contemporary debates in American politics. It recreates the political drama of the United States Senate, the upper house of the American legislature.

The conference will offer a supportive environment for delegates trying model Congress for the first time, as well as an opportunity for experienced delegates to prepare for our WASAMUN conference in January.

Delegates will research and take on the persona of one of the current members of the United States Senate. Participants shall reflect the current balance of power between the Democratic and Republican parties.

The committee will consider bills rather than resolutions, covering a range of contemporary American domestic and foreign policy issues. Bills are drafted in advance by the Secretariat.

The conference offers a small taste of the debate to be experienced at our flagship WASAMUN conference.

Overview of the Simulation

The conference will begin with the oath of office and a briefing on how the simulation will operate.

The order that bills are debated will be determined by online polls, and alternate between Republican and Democratic choices.

The Senate will use its own rules of procedure, which differ slightly from regular MUN. Some changes will be made to the filibuster rule to ensure pace during a short conference.

Delegate Handbook

A delegate handbook will be published shortly. The handbook below refers to our live, in-person simulations of the Senate, but gives a good overview of the format.

U.S. Senate - Delegate Handbook

Registration

Please register for this conference at the link below.

 

Register for the Virtual Model U.S. Senate

To give you an idea of the format, bills at a past live conference can be found at the link below:

U.S. Senate - Study Guide (2020) Docket of Bills (2020)

 

Bill Short Title Official Title
S. 1445 The End Purposeless Military Parades Act A bill to prohibit the use of funds for an exhibition or parade of military forces and hardware for review by the President outside of authorized military operations or activities
S. 2217 / H.R. 1868 The Truthful Labelling of Meat Imitations Act A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure that consumers can make informed decisions in choosing between meat products and imitation meat products, and for other purposes
S. 2488 The Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act A bill to prohibit discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex, and for other purposes
S. 3194 The No Federal Funding for Confederate Symbols Act A bill to prohibit the use of Federal funds for Confederate statues or symbols, and for other purposes
S. 3479 The Rehabilitation Through Democracy Act A bill to secure the right to vote of persons who have been incarcerated
S. 975 / H.R. 329 The Border Security Wall Act A bill to appropriate sufficient funds for the construction of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, and for other purposes
S. Res. 689 None A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that Antifa should be designated as a domestic terrorist organization

SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER 2020

All sessions will be held on Zoom.

10:30    Opening briefing and oaths of office

11:00 – 13:00    Senate in session

13:00 – 14:00    Break for lunch

14:00 – 16:00    Senate in session

16:00 – 16:30    Prizegiving

Follow the links to profiles of each Senator provided by Vote Smart.

These include biographies, voting records, policy positions, ratings from pressure groups, past speeches, campaign finance records and lists of sponsored bills.

This list will be updated in November to reflect the results of the Congressional elections.

Lamar Alexander (TN Republican)

Tammy Baldwin (WI Democratic)

John Barrasso (WY Republican)

Michael Bennet (CO Democratic)

Marsha Blackburn (TN Republican)

Richard Blumenthal (CT Democratic)

Roy Blunt (MO Republican)

Cory Booker (NJ Democratic)

John Boozman (AR Republican)

Mike Braun (IN Republican)

Sherrod Brown (OH Democratic)

Richard Burr (NC Republican)

Maria Cantwell (WA Democratic)

Shelley Capito (WV Republican)

Ben Cardin (MD Democratic)

Tom Carper (DE Democratic)

Bob Casey, Jr. (PA Democratic)

Bill Cassidy (LA Republican)

Susan Collins (ME Republican)

Chris Coons (DE Democratic)

John Cornyn (TX Republican)

Catherine Cortez Masto (NV Democratic)

Tom Cotton (AR Republican)

Kevin Cramer (ND Republican)

Mike Crapo (ID Republican)

Ted Cruz (TX Republican)

Steve Daines (MT Republican)

Tammy Duckworth (IL Democratic)

Dick Durbin (IL Democratic)

Mike Enzi (WY Republican)

Joni Ernst (IA Republican)

Dianne Feinstein (CA Democratic)

Deb Fischer (NE Republican)

Cory Gardner (CO Republican)

Kirsten Gillibrand (NY Democratic)

Lindsey Graham (SC Republican)

Kamala Harris (CA Democratic)

Maggie Hassan (NH Democratic)

Josh Hawley (MO Republican)

Martin Heinrich (NM Democratic)

Mazie Hirono (HI Democratic)

John Hoeven (ND Republican)

Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS Republican)

Jim Inhofe (OK Republican)

Johnny Isakson (GA Republican)

Ron Johnson (WI Republican)

Doug Jones (AL Democratic)

Tim Kaine (VA Democratic)

John Kennedy (LA Republican)

Angus King, Jr. (ME Independent)

Amy Klobuchar (MN Democratic)

James Lankford (OK Republican)

Patrick Leahy (VT Democratic)

Mike Lee (UT Republican)

Joe Manchin III (WV Democratic)

Ed Markey (MA Democratic)

Mitch McConnell (KY Republican)

Martha McSally (AZ Republican)

Bob Menendez (NJ Democratic)

Jeff Merkley (OR Democratic)

Jerry Moran (KS Republican)

Lisa Murkowski (AK Republican)

Chris Murphy (CT Democratic)

Patty Murray (WA Democratic)

Rand Paul (KY Republican)

David Perdue (GA Republican)

Gary Peters (MI Democratic)

Rob Portman (OH Republican)

Jack Reed (RI Democratic)

James Risch (ID Republican)

Pat Roberts (KS Republican)

Mitt Romney (UT Republican)

Jacky Rosen (NV Democratic)

Mike Rounds (SD Republican)

Marco Rubio (FL Republican)

Bernie Sanders (VT Independent)

Ben Sasse (NE Republican)

Brian Schatz (HI Democratic)

Chuck Schumer (NY Democratic)

Rick Scott (FL Republican)

Tim Scott (SC Republican)

Jeanne Shaheen (NH Democratic)

Richard Shelby (AL Republican)

Kyrsten Sinema (AZ Democratic)

Tina Smith (MN Democratic)

Debbie Stabenow (MI Democratic)

Dan Sullivan (AK Republican)

Jon Tester (MT Democratic)

John Thune (SD Republican)

Thom Tillis (NC Republican)

Pat Toomey (PA Republican)

Tom Udall (NM Democratic)

Chris Van Hollen, Jr. (MD Democratic)

Mark Warner (VA Democratic)

Elizabeth Warren (MA Democratic)

Sheldon Whitehouse (RI Democratic)

Roger Wicker (MS Republican)

Ron Wyden (OR Democratic)

Todd Young (IN Republican)

These resources are for a past live conference. Materials for the virtual conference will appear here shortly.

U.S. Senate Delegate Handbook

The Delegate Handbook contains a detailed explanation of how the simulation will work. It includes an explanation of the rules of procedure, advice on research and preparation, and tips for tactics during the conference.

Every delegate will receive a hard copy of the Delegate Handbook at the conference.

U.S. Senate - Delegate Handbook

U.S. Senate Study Guide

The Study Guide contains a short briefing on each of the bills.

U.S. Senate - Study Guide (2020)

Rules of Procedure

The U.S. Senate uses its own rules of procedure, which are based on the Senate’s own rules together with some elements of MUN.

They are also available in the Delegate Handbook, which contains additional guidance on how the simulation will operate.

(Note: Some changes will be made to the filibuster rule for the virtual conference)

U.S. Senate - Standing Rules of the Senate

U.S. Senate - Delegate Handbook

U.S. Senate Delegate Handbook

The Delegate Handbook contains a detailed explanation of how the simulation will work. It includes an explanation of the rules of procedure, advice on research and preparation, and tips for tactics during the conference.

The handbook below is for a past live conference. Materials for the virtual conference will appear here shortly.

U.S. Senate - Delegate Handbook