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Committee Sessions are presided by Committee Chairs or Ranking Members. After the opening roll call and announcements, a moderated debate is entered. In the moderated debate mode, speakers are recognized according to the Speakers' List. Reactions may be entertained. The moderated mode can be suspended to enter an informal discussion for a specific period of time.
Committee Members wish to be seen as productive and persuasive policy makers. They are expected to submit Position Papers with their policy stances and proposals on the topics to be discussed (Agenda Items) in respective Committees via email by a given deadline (to be specified). These should not exceed 2000 words in total. Based on the quality of their Position Papers, two Members on each Committee will be elevated to the Ranking Member status - one Democrat and one Republican.
Committees debate and deliberate Policy Recommendation Proposals on respective Agenda Items in order to draft Policy Recommendation Documents. These need to be approved by a simple majority vote.
The Democrats and Republicans are divided into Radicals and Moderates. The Moderates must follow the debate closely and get involed occassionally as they are expected to vote for the best policies. The Radicals have to come up with arguments that also appeal to the Moderates from the other Party to win their support.
Committee Chairs will give verbal feedback to all participants during and after the Sessions. If you wish to receive written feedback as well, please email us prior to the Conference.
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