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Supercommittee Simulation

Students in POLS 315: The Legislative Process spent several weeks preparing for and participating in a simulation of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the "Supercommittee." Each student played the role of one of the 12 members of the Supercommittee or a party leader in Congress. Negotiations were intense and students spent hours in meetings trying to reach deals on several different bipartisan proposals. While the real congressional Supercommittee was unsuccessful, the students taking part in the simulation were able to reach an agreement that would reduce the national deficit by $1.275 trillion.