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Transportation and Infrastructure (GH)

The House Transportation & Infrastructure committee manages the Coast Guard, Federal management of emergencies and natural disasters; Flood control and improvement of rivers and harbors; Navigation and laws relating thereto, Marine affairs, including coastal zone management, as they relate to oil and other pollution of navigable waters; Public buildings and occupied or improved grounds of the United States generally; Public works for the benefit of the benefit of navigation, including bridges and dams; Roads and the safety thereof. Penn Model Congress delegates may find developments in transportation infrastructure and technology of particular interest.

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Foreign Affairs (GH)

The House Foreign Affairs committee looks at issues including foreign assistance, the Peace Corps, national security developments affecting foreign policy, strategic planning and agreements, war powers, treaties, executive agreements, and the deployment and use of United States Armed Forces, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and enforcement of United Nations or other international sanctions, arms control and disarmament issues, Commerce and Defense Departments and other agencies related to the Arms Export Control Act, and the Foreign Assistance Act including export and licensing policy for munitions items and technology and dual-use equipment and technology, international law, promotion of democracy, international law enforcement issues, including narcotics control programs and activities, and embassy security. Penn Model Congress delegates might find issues like the extent of U.N. involvement, foreign aid, and weapons exports to particular nations interesting.

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Education and the Workforce (GH)

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce plays a vital role in shaping the trajectory of our youth through oversight of the U.S. Department of Education and in the quality of life for American workers. The committee oversees topics such as access to quality health care for working families and other employee benefits, and teacher quality & teacher training, scientifically-based reading instruction. Penn Model Congress delegates may want to look at the impact trade has on workers and what this committee can do to help.

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Ethics (GH)

The House Ethics committee is concerned with the conduct of members, officers, and employees of the U.S. House of Representatives. Duties include: administrative actions to establish or enforce standards of official conduct, investigations into alleged violations, and consider requests for waivers to the gift rule. Penn Model Congress delegates may look into various issues under this jurisdiction including campaign finance developments.

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Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (GH)

The House Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ (HSGAC) primary responsibilities are to study the efficiency, economy, and effectiveness of all agencies and departments of the federal government; evaluate the effects of laws enacted to reorganize the legislative and executive branches of government; and study the intergovernmental relationships between the U.S. and states and municipalities, and between the U.S. and international organizations of which the U.S. is a member. Penn Model Congress delegates might look to the organization and reorganization of the executive branch, the Postal Service and its relationship with modern corporations, and the status of officers and employees of the U.S., including their classification, compensation, and benefits.

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Oversight and Government Reform (GH)

The House Oversight and Government Reform committee is concerned with Federal civil service including their compensation, classification, and retirement; Municipal affairs of the District of Columbia in general (other than appropriations); Federal paperwork reduction; Government management and accounting measures generally; Holidays and celebrations; Overall economy, efficiency, and management of government operations and activities, including federal procurement; National archives; Population and demography generally, including the Census; Postal service generally, including transportation of the mails; Public information and records; Relationship of the federal government to the states and municipalities generally; Reorganizations in the executive branch of the government.

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Energy and Commerce (BH)

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, is vested with the broadest jurisdiction of any congressional authorizing committee. Today it has responsibility for the nation's telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce. It oversees multiple cabinet-level Departments and independent agencies, including the Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, Commerce, and Transportation, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission.

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Foreign Affairs (BH)

The House Foreign Affairs committee looks at issues including foreign assistance, the Peace Corps, national security developments affecting foreign policy, strategic planning and agreements, war powers, treaties, executive agreements, and the deployment and use of United States Armed Forces, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and enforcement of United Nations or other international sanctions, arms control and disarmament issues, Commerce and Defense Departments and other agencies related to the Arms Export Control Act, and the Foreign Assistance Act including export and licensing policy for munitions items and technology and dual-use equipment and technology, international law, promotion of democracy, international law enforcement issues, including narcotics control programs and activities, and embassy security. Penn Model Congress delegates might find issues like the extent of U.N. involvement, foreign aid, and weapons exports to particular nations interesting.

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Intelligence (BH)

The House Intelligence committee is charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, which includes the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the seventeen elements of the U.S. Government and the Military Intelligence Program. Penn Model Congress delegates may want to look at the policies and structure of the intelligence organizations under this committee’s jurisdiction.

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Judiciary (BH)

House Jurisdiction: The judiciary and judicial proceedings, civil and criminal; Administrative practice and procedure; Apportionment of Representatives; Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and counterfeiting; Civil liberties; Constitutional amendments; Criminal law enforcement; Federal courts and judges, and local courts in the Territories and possessions; Immigration policy and non-border enforcement; Interstate compacts generally; Claims against the United States; Members of Congress, attendance of members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner; and their acceptance of incompatible offices; National penitentiaries; Patents, the Patent and Trademark Office, copyrights, and trademarks; Presidential succession; Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies; Revision and codification of the Statutes of the United States; State and territorial boundary lines; Subversive activities affecting the internal security of the United States. Senate Jurisdiction: Apportionment of Representatives; Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and counterfeiting; Civil liberties; Constitutional amendments; Federal courts and judges; Government information; Holidays and celebrations; Immigration and naturalization; Interstate compacts generally; Judicial proceedings, civil and criminal, generally; Local courts in territories and possessions; Measures relating to claims against the United States; National penitentiaries; Patent Office; Patents, copyrights, and trademarks; Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies; Revision and codification of the statutes of the United States; State and territorial boundary lines.

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Science, Space, and Technology (BH)

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is concerned with all Federally sponsored and non-military research and development. These efforts range from the National Weather Service and research into Climate Change and projects to bolster a STEM workforce. Penn Model Congress delegates might find areas of astronautical research and development particularly interesting in this age of SpaceX and the possible addition of a National Space Force.

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Oversight and Government Reform (WH)

The House Oversight and Government Reform committee is concerned with Federal civil service including their compensation, classification, and retirement; Municipal affairs of the District of Columbia in general (other than appropriations); Federal paperwork reduction; Government management and accounting measures generally; Holidays and celebrations; Overall economy, efficiency, and management of government operations and activities, including federal procurement; National archives; Population and demography generally, including the Census; Postal service generally, including transportation of the mails; Public information and records; Relationship of the federal government to the states and municipalities generally; Reorganizations in the executive branch of the government.

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Education and the Workforce (WH)

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce plays a vital role in shaping the trajectory of our youth through oversight of the U.S. Department of Education and in the quality of life for American workers. The committee oversees topics such as access to quality health care for working families and other employee benefits, and teacher quality & teacher training, scientifically-based reading instruction. Penn Model Congress delegates may want to look at the impact trade has on workers and what this committee can do to help.

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Financial Services (WH)

The House Financial Services committee deals with deposit insurance and Federal monetary policy; Economic stabilization, defense production, renegotiation, and control of the price of commodities, rents, and services; Financial aid to commerce and industry (other than transportation); Insurance generally; International finance; International financial and monetary organizations; Money and credit, including currency and the issuance of notes and redemption thereof; gold and silver, including the coinage thereof; valuation and revaluation of the dollar; Public and private housing; Securities and exchanges; Urban development. Penn Model Congress delegates may look to regulations on the banking industry following the latest crisis for guidance.

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Intelligence (WH)

The House Intelligence committee is charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, which includes the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the seventeen elements of the U.S. Government and the Military Intelligence Program. Penn Model Congress delegates may want to look at the policies and structure of the intelligence organizations under this committee’s jurisdiction.

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Ways and Means (WH)

The House Ways & Means committee has jurisdiction over all taxation, tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures, as well as a number of other programs including: Social Security, unemployment insurance, and Medicare. Penn Model Congress delegates may wish to look into projections for Federal Spending and how this committee can shape the future in various ways through the spending by these Federal programs.

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Blue Senate

Agriculture (BS)

The Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of all matters relating to the nation's agriculture industry, farming programs, forestry and logging, and legislation relating to nutrition and health. Topics of particular interest to Penn Model Congress delegates include subjects relating to the animal industry and disease, food stamp programs, forest reserve preservation, inspection of livestock, meat, and agricultural products, pests and pesticides, and school nutrition programs.

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Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (BS)

Although the Senate has a longstanding history of writing and passing legislation focusing on our nation’s banks, the Senate Banking Committee was not formally established until the 1913 passage of the landmark Federal Reserve Act. Since then, the Committee has undergone various transformations and reorganizations. Now known as the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to underscore the diversity of issues under its purview, the Committee plays an integral role in managing legislation that affects the lives of many Americans. These areas of jurisdiction include, but are not limited to: banking, insurance, financial markets, securities, housing, urban development and mass transit, international trade and finance, and economic policy

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Environment and Public Works (BS)

The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works oversees the country’s air pollution; construction and maintenance of highways; Flood control and improvements of rivers and harbors. More than just highways, this committee is in charge of all of the crumbling infrastructure including bridges and dams. Penn Model Congress delegates might especially delve into environmental regulation, control of nuclear energy and ocean dumping.

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Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (BS)

The Senate HELP Committee jurisdiction encompasses most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Administration on Aging, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The evolving global economy and the need for a highly skilled workforce create new challenges for American workers. The HELP Committee is ensuring our country's workforce is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century through a lifetime of learning for our citizens. The HELP Committee jurisdiction encompasses most federal labor and employment laws, including those that regulate wages and hours of employment, enforce mining and workplace health and safety, combat employment-based discrimination, and regulate union / management relations. The HELP Committee has primary jurisdiction over private retirement plans and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation through the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and over railroad retirement.

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Judiciary (BS)

House Jurisdiction: The judiciary and judicial proceedings, civil and criminal; Administrative practice and procedure; Apportionment of Representatives; Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and counterfeiting; Civil liberties; Constitutional amendments; Criminal law enforcement; Federal courts and judges, and local courts in the Territories and possessions; Immigration policy and non-border enforcement; Interstate compacts generally; Claims against the United States; Members of Congress, attendance of members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner; and their acceptance of incompatible offices; National penitentiaries; Patents, the Patent and Trademark Office, copyrights, and trademarks; Presidential succession; Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies; Revision and codification of the Statutes of the United States; State and territorial boundary lines; Subversive activities affecting the internal security of the United States. Senate Jurisdiction: Apportionment of Representatives; Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and counterfeiting; Civil liberties; Constitutional amendments; Federal courts and judges; Government information; Holidays and celebrations; Immigration and naturalization; Interstate compacts generally; Judicial proceedings, civil and criminal, generally; Local courts in territories and possessions; Measures relating to claims against the United States; National penitentiaries; Patent Office; Patents, copyrights, and trademarks; Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies; Revision and codification of the statutes of the United States; State and territorial boundary lines.

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Green Senate

Armed Services (GS)

The Committee on Armed Services is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of the nation’s military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy, benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other matters related to defense policy. Considered one of the most influential Senate committees, the committee tends to take a more bipartisan approach than other committees, as many of its members formerly served in the military or have major defense interests located in the states they come from. Topics of particular interest to Penn Model Congress delegates include subjects relating to aeronautical and space activities associated with the development of weapons systems or military operations, maintenance and operation of the Panama Canal, including administration, sanitation, and government of the Canal Zone, naval petroleum reserves, pay, promotion, retirement, and other benefits and privileges of members of the Armed Forces, including overseas education of civilian and military dependents.

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Commerce, Science, and Transportation (GS)

The Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation committee has played a growing role in legislating for both new and old areas of innovation. In addition to regulation of interstate transportation carriers and highway safety, the committee also has jurisdiction over the nation’s waterways and coasts. Topics of interest to Penn Model Congress delegates include technology research development and policy along with consumer products and services. These topics can range from self-driving automobiles to data privacy laws.

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Foreign Affairs (GS)

The House Foreign Affairs committee looks at issues including foreign assistance, the Peace Corps, national security developments affecting foreign policy, strategic planning and agreements, war powers, treaties, executive agreements, and the deployment and use of United States Armed Forces, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and enforcement of United Nations or other international sanctions, arms control and disarmament issues, Commerce and Defense Departments and other agencies related to the Arms Export Control Act, and the Foreign Assistance Act including export and licensing policy for munitions items and technology and dual-use equipment and technology, international law, promotion of democracy, international law enforcement issues, including narcotics control programs and activities, and embassy security. Penn Model Congress delegates might find issues like the extent of U.N. involvement, foreign aid, and weapons exports to particular nations interesting.

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Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (GS)

The Senate HELP Committee jurisdiction encompasses most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Administration on Aging, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The evolving global economy and the need for a highly skilled workforce create new challenges for American workers. The HELP Committee is ensuring our country's workforce is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century through a lifetime of learning for our citizens. The HELP Committee jurisdiction encompasses most federal labor and employment laws, including those that regulate wages and hours of employment, enforce mining and workplace health and safety, combat employment-based discrimination, and regulate union / management relations. The HELP Committee has primary jurisdiction over private retirement plans and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation through the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and over railroad retirement.

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Small Business and Entrepreneurship (GS)

The Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship committee looks into how to boost entrepreneurship and small businesses and help in the creation of new ones in targeted areas. This can be through expanding access to capital; broadband; contracting; disaster assistance programs; healthcare; innovation & research. Penn Model Congress delegates may want to look into how to help minority Entrepreneurs; veteran-owned enterprises; women Entrepreneurs in addition to all entrepreneurs through tax reforms and trade policy.

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Education and the Workforce (RH)

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce plays a vital role in shaping the trajectory of our youth through oversight of the U.S. Department of Education and in the quality of life for American workers. The committee oversees topics such as access to quality health care for working families and other employee benefits, and teacher quality & teacher training, scientifically-based reading instruction. Penn Model Congress delegates may want to look at the impact trade has on workers and what this committee can do to help.

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Ethics (RH)

The House Ethics committee is concerned with the conduct of members, officers, and employees of the U.S. House of Representatives. Duties include: administrative actions to establish or enforce standards of official conduct, investigations into alleged violations, and consider requests for waivers to the gift rule. Penn Model Congress delegates may look into various issues under this jurisdiction including campaign finance developments.

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Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (RH)

The House Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ (HSGAC) primary responsibilities are to study the efficiency, economy, and effectiveness of all agencies and departments of the federal government; evaluate the effects of laws enacted to reorganize the legislative and executive branches of government; and study the intergovernmental relationships between the U.S. and states and municipalities, and between the U.S. and international organizations of which the U.S. is a member. Penn Model Congress delegates might look to the organization and reorganization of the executive branch, the Postal Service and its relationship with modern corporations, and the status of officers and employees of the U.S., including their classification, compensation, and benefits.

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Natural Resources (RH)

The House Natural Resources committee looks over our nation’s vast fisheries and wildlife, Forest reserves and national parks created from the public domain. It also looks into issues of Irrigation and reclamation, including water supply for reclamation projects and easements of public lands for irrigation projects; and acquisition of private lands when necessary to complete irrigation projects which might urge Penn Model Congress delegates to look into droughts. The committee also deals with Native Americans generally, including the care and allotment of Native American lands and general and special measures relating to claims that are paid out of Native American funds. Military parks and battlefields, and national cemeteries are also under this committee, so delegates may wish to look into the issue of religious symbolism on these lands. Finally, this committee also deals with mineral rights and mining abilities on public lands.

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Science, Space, and Technology (RH)

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is concerned with all Federally sponsored and non-military research and development. These efforts range from the National Weather Service and research into Climate Change and projects to bolster a STEM workforce. Penn Model Congress delegates might find areas of astronautical research and development particularly interesting in this age of SpaceX and the possible addition of a National Space Force.

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Red Senate

Appropriations (RS)

The Senate Appropriations committee consists of twelve subcommittees tasked with drafting legislation to allocate funds eto government agencies. These subcommittees are responsible for reviewing the President's budget request, hearing testimony from government officials on matters relating to the budget, and drafting the spending plans for the coming fiscal year. Their work is passed on to the full Senate Appropriations Committee, which may review and modify the bills and approve them for consideration by the full Senate. The Committee is also responsible for supplemental spending bills, which are sometimes needed in the middle of a fiscal year to compensate for emergency expenses.

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Armed Services (RS)

The Committee on Armed Services is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of the nation’s military, including the Department of Defense, military research and development, nuclear energy, benefits for members of the military, the Selective Service System and other matters related to defense policy. Considered one of the most influential Senate committees, the committee tends to take a more bipartisan approach than other committees, as many of its members formerly served in the military or have major defense interests located in the states they come from. Topics of particular interest to Penn Model Congress delegates include subjects relating to aeronautical and space activities associated with the development of weapons systems or military operations, maintenance and operation of the Panama Canal, including administration, sanitation, and government of the Canal Zone, naval petroleum reserves, pay, promotion, retirement, and other benefits and privileges of members of the Armed Forces, including overseas education of civilian and military dependents.

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Environment and Public Works (RS)

The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works oversees the country’s air pollution; construction and maintenance of highways; Flood control and improvements of rivers and harbors. More than just highways, this committee is in charge of all of the crumbling infrastructure including bridges and dams. Penn Model Congress delegates might especially delve into environmental regulation, control of nuclear energy and ocean dumping.

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Red Senate

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (RS)

The Senate HELP Committee jurisdiction encompasses most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Administration on Aging, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The evolving global economy and the need for a highly skilled workforce create new challenges for American workers. The HELP Committee is ensuring our country's workforce is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century through a lifetime of learning for our citizens. The HELP Committee jurisdiction encompasses most federal labor and employment laws, including those that regulate wages and hours of employment, enforce mining and workplace health and safety, combat employment-based discrimination, and regulate union / management relations. The HELP Committee has primary jurisdiction over private retirement plans and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation through the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and over railroad retirement.

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Judiciary (RS)

House Jurisdiction: The judiciary and judicial proceedings, civil and criminal; Administrative practice and procedure; Apportionment of Representatives; Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and counterfeiting; Civil liberties; Constitutional amendments; Criminal law enforcement; Federal courts and judges, and local courts in the Territories and possessions; Immigration policy and non-border enforcement; Interstate compacts generally; Claims against the United States; Members of Congress, attendance of members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner; and their acceptance of incompatible offices; National penitentiaries; Patents, the Patent and Trademark Office, copyrights, and trademarks; Presidential succession; Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies; Revision and codification of the Statutes of the United States; State and territorial boundary lines; Subversive activities affecting the internal security of the United States. Senate Jurisdiction: Apportionment of Representatives; Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and counterfeiting; Civil liberties; Constitutional amendments; Federal courts and judges; Government information; Holidays and celebrations; Immigration and naturalization; Interstate compacts generally; Judicial proceedings, civil and criminal, generally; Local courts in territories and possessions; Measures relating to claims against the United States; National penitentiaries; Patent Office; Patents, copyrights, and trademarks; Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies; Revision and codification of the statutes of the United States; State and territorial boundary lines.

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White Senate

White Senate

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (WS)

Although the Senate has a longstanding history of writing and passing legislation focusing on our nation’s banks, the Senate Banking Committee was not formally established until the 1913 passage of the landmark Federal Reserve Act. Since then, the Committee has undergone various transformations and reorganizations. Now known as the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs to underscore the diversity of issues under its purview, the Committee plays an integral role in managing legislation that affects the lives of many Americans. These areas of jurisdiction include, but are not limited to: banking, insurance, financial markets, securities, housing, urban development and mass transit, international trade and finance, and economic policy

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Energy and Natural Resources (WS)

The Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources includes oversight and legislative responsibilities for: National Energy Policy, including international energy affairs and emergency preparedness; nuclear waste policy; privatization of federal assets; territorial policy (including changes in status and issues affecting Antarctica); Native Hawaiian matters; and Ad Hoc issues. Issues of interest to Penn Model Congress delegates include: renewable energy policy, energy exports, fracking, and international claims in Antarctica.

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Foreign Affairs (WS)

The House Foreign Affairs committee looks at issues including foreign assistance, the Peace Corps, national security developments affecting foreign policy, strategic planning and agreements, war powers, treaties, executive agreements, and the deployment and use of United States Armed Forces, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and enforcement of United Nations or other international sanctions, arms control and disarmament issues, Commerce and Defense Departments and other agencies related to the Arms Export Control Act, and the Foreign Assistance Act including export and licensing policy for munitions items and technology and dual-use equipment and technology, international law, promotion of democracy, international law enforcement issues, including narcotics control programs and activities, and embassy security. Penn Model Congress delegates might find issues like the extent of U.N. involvement, foreign aid, and weapons exports to particular nations interesting.

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Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (WS)

The House Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ (HSGAC) primary responsibilities are to study the efficiency, economy, and effectiveness of all agencies and departments of the federal government; evaluate the effects of laws enacted to reorganize the legislative and executive branches of government; and study the intergovernmental relationships between the U.S. and states and municipalities, and between the U.S. and international organizations of which the U.S. is a member. Penn Model Congress delegates might look to the organization and reorganization of the executive branch, the Postal Service and its relationship with modern corporations, and the status of officers and employees of the U.S., including their classification, compensation, and benefits.

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Veterans Affairs (WS)

The Senate Veterans Affairs committee looks into Veterans' measures generally; Pensions of all the wars of the U.S., general and special; Life insurance issued by the government on account of service in the Armed Forces; Compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and education of veterans; Veterans' hospitals, medical care, and treatment of veterans; Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief; Readjustment of servicemen to civilian life; National Cemeteries. This means Penn Model Congress delegates may want to focus on innovative ways to improve the lives of Veterans.

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Planning Your Trip

What to Bring

You should bring whatever you think you'll need to be a productive Senator or Congressman! When you arrive on Thursday, you'll receive a bill book, name tag, placard, and pen. Many delegates choose to also bring a folder to keep their papers organized, as well as extra pens and pencils or a highlighter.

If you did not submit your bill online by the deadline, be sure to bring 20 copies of your bill with you to committee session.

What to Wear

The dress code for all conference sessions is business formal attire. For men this means a jacket and tie, and for women this means a suit, or a blouse with a skirt or pants. Dress code will be strictly enforced so please be sure to pack appropriately.

You will also have some free time at night and on Saturday afternoon, so you should bring some casual clothes as well. For the delegate dance on Saturday night, attire is casual to dressy, or essentially what you would wear to a party.