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1 Congress 101 Building the Foundation

2 Basic Rules Speeches are 3 minutes long Aff/neg block preferred 1 st cycle 2 minutes questioning Then 1 minute questioning Precedence / Recency / Question Student PO if possible

3 2 judges and 1 parliamentarian Judges score / Parli scores PO Scoring Rated 1-6 mainly for NSDA points (think Speaker Points) Only 1 st 5 speeches per student scored Judges rank top 8 Parli ranks all speakers and potentially breaks ties

4 Don t pre-script like a debate case List points, outline like an extempspeech Collect evidence Research the docket. Prefer official over news sources File on laptop or in a notebook no tubs Prepare more than 3 min. rehash is bad!

5 Research the docket speech preparation As many as you can Aff and neg as many as you can No minimum debate time. Only volunteers speak Keep arguments real world

6 Resolutions Not specific policy Whereas clauses give reasons (warrants) Resolved clauses outline general direction of proposed law

7 Resolution Example A Resolution to Reinstate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals WHEREAS, President Trump will revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA Program in 6 months; and WHEREAS, This program impacts the lives of over 800,000 dreamers; and WHEREAS, The end of DACA will cost the US over 400 billion dollars in lost GDP and Texas 6.1 billion dollars in lost revenue; and WHEREAS, This action will undermine the lives and opportunities of many young and talented people in the US; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the UIL Congress here assembled demands that President Trump stop plans to end the DACA program; and, be it FURTHER RESOLVED, That this UIL Congress encourage the US Congress to create legislation to permanently create a pathway to US citizenship for Dreamers. Introduced for UIL Congressional Debate by Region 20. ork of the students of our school and

8 Is a need established? Is the data accurate? Analyzing Resolutions Will the legislation meet the need? (solvency) Will there be disadvantages? Why don t we have this law now?

9 Bills Clauses lay out specific policy No warrants given in legislation

10 1 2 A Bill to Discontinue and Replace All Nickels and Pennies BE IT ENACTED BY THIS UIL CONGRESS HERE ASSEMBLED THAT: 3 4 SECTION 1. All nickels and pennies currently being manufactured by mint facilities are to be discontinued. 5 6 SECTION 2. Pennies and nickels still in existence may be used as valid currency. At the time of passage copper-based (CB) nickel and penny manufacturing will Sample Bill be replaced by production of a cheaper model made of aluminized steel alloy (ASA). SECTION 3. This bill will be enforced by the Department of Treasury. The funding currently being allocated to CB nickels and pennies will be redirected to fund the production of ASA coins. SECTION 4. This bill will be put into effect upon passage. 12 SECTION 5. All laws in conflict with this legislation are hereby declared null and void. Introduced for UIL Congressional Debate by ESC 5. W

11 uis it vague or unclear? udoes it have solvency udoes the cost outweigh the benefit? uis it based upon correct data? Analyzing Bills uis it enforceable? uwill it lead to disadvantages? udoes it already exist in the Status Quo? udoes it belong on the federal level? udoes it belong in the legislative branch?

12 Opening phrases I m Rep. ** speaking for the ** time today. At the leisure of all, please nod when ready. SHORT attention device 2-3 main points with source citations like extemp Speech Format No cards no scripts Have clash, not rehash End with appeal for the vote Avoid debate jargon (CX/ contention / flow / opponent)

13 Prepare for Questioning First 2 speakers face 2 min. of questioning Subsequent speakers face 1 min. Rise for questions often Can be informational or argumentative Never aggressive or rude Don t preface or ask follow up or two part questions

14 o Since more children die from whooping cough than from vaccines, wouldn t you say vaccinating children is important? Improper questions? o Do you know how many children die each year from whooping cough, and, if so, how does that compare to the number of deaths from vaccines? o Would you agree with the statement from the surgeon general that vaccines are an acceptable risk? o Do you know how many children die each year from whooping cough?

15 Important Motions Main motion = the legislation I move / second Voice vote / Standing Vote Previous question ends debate 2/3 vote Voting on main motion simple majority

16 Table / untable Terms Divide the chamber decision of chair Point of personal privilege / state the privilege Permission to leave / reenter chamber -chair Recess/Adjourn Gaveling procedure 2min used 1 tap, 2:30 used 2 taps, 2:45 3 taps 1 min. remaining 2

17 umain motion - second umove to open the floor for docket nominations Opening a session usecond umove to nominate *docket* usecond / repeat umove to close floor for docket nominations usecond / vote

18 Keep track of precedence

19 Bad PO ruins it for everyone don t try until ready All get an audition period of less than 1 hour Learn to P.O. Auditions aren t scored Elected PO is scored every hour Call on speakers and questioners fairly Run a fast, efficient chamber Know Parliamentary Procedure

20 The Order of Speeches First Pro & First Con Speeches = 3 minutes speaking + 2 minutes questioning each Subsequent Speeches = 3 minutes speaking + 1 minute questioning each UIL requires questioners called by RECENCY No minimum cycles of debate. UIL has no aff-neg block No maximum time of debate unless set in orders of day

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