Close

Congress

A simulation of the U.S. legislative process in the Senate and the House, students generate a series of bills and resolutions for debate in Congressional Debate. Debaters (also referred to as Senators and Representatives) alternate delivering speeches for and against the topic in a group setting. An elected student serves as a presiding officer to ensure debate flows smoothly. Students are assessed on their research, argumentation, and delivery skills, as well as their knowledge and use of parliamentary procedure.

Student Congress has a Semifinals bid.

Thank you for registering to compete at the 2017 Florida Blue Key Speech and Debate Tournament. We are looking forward to seeing you all next month. If you have students registered to compete in Congressional Debate, please share with them the following information about student legislation.

During the preliminary rounds, students will be debating legislation authored by competitors. These authors will have priority to speak on their legislation in their respective chambers. The deadline for submitting congressional debate legislation is Monday, October 9th, 2017. We will be accepting up to two bills from each school, each written by a different student. Please email legislation to mailto:congress@fbk.org.

Florida Blue Key Congress is aiming to attain a high level of quality in all legislation debated, in order to ensure that every congressional debate round includes meaningful, lengthy discourse on controversial issues. Therefore, students are asked to be careful when selecting the topic of their legislation, being sure to pick issues that are relevant and broadly impactful, and allow for strong arguments on both sides. Students should also be aware of the limitations of the legislative branch’s authority, and carefully consider how their bill would need to be implemented, choosing the appropriate level of funding and the correct overseeing agency. Most importantly, authors should make sure that the wording of their legislation is clear and precise to avoid misinterpretation. Legislation not adhering to the above guidelines may not be accepted for debate. We are happy to provide feedback on legislation submissions and help students craft bills or resolutions that will lead to the highest quality of debate at Florida Blue Key.

The Congressional Debate packet, including preliminary round legislation, chamber assignments, and tournament rules, will be available after the close of registration on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. Semifinal legislation, written by our staff members, will be made available on the following Saturday, October 21st, 2017. The final round will consist of a scenario, which will be announced during the tournament.

Please email us with any questions.

Sincerely,
Florida Blue Key Congress Staff

Name: Morris McFadden

Email: Congress@fbkdebate.org

 

Name: Narelle Gilchrist

Lounge Room: Rion Ballroom in Reitz Union