HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM
Welcome to Harvard Model Congress San Francisco 2019! Welcome to House Oversight and Government Reform. Our names are Deanna Gutierrez and Felix Bulwa, and we are your co-chairs. In this committee, you’ll have the chance to take on the role of legislators and learn about the inner workings of the U.S. House of Representatives. This year, we’ll be focusing debate on two important issues facing the United States: campaign finance reform and unilateral presidential action. As congressmen and congresswomen on this committee, you must find ways to balance the interests of many different groups when crafting legislative solutions. It will be challenging, yes, but also extremely rewarding.
Beyond committee, you’ll have the opportunity to experience U.S. Congress as a wider whole, gaining important insights into the way our democracy functions. In order to contribute to the best of your ability, we encourage you to research the position of your assigned congressperson. Spend time understanding their values and stances on these and related issues, and consider the ways these opinions form. We are confident that with the right preparation, you’ll make the most of your experience and learn so, so much throughout the conference weekend!
To fill you in on a little bit about your chairs,
Deanna is a Junior from Los Alamos New Mexico, concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics. In addition to HMC, she teaches fifth graders about government through the IOP’s CIVICS Program and is a citizenship tutor. She enjoys dancing with Harvard’s Modern Dance Company, skiing, and eating authentic New Mexican food.
Felix is a First-Year from Los Angeles, California, and plans on studying Social Studies with a focus on psychology and education. Also teaching with CIVICS, you can catch him playing for the Harvard Quidditch team and organizing dorm intramurals. He likes movies, quality puns, and random pop culture references.
We are looking forward to meeting you all in a few months. From passionate debate to exploration of resolutions, we truly hope this conference will inspire you to explore your interests in a new way, political or otherwise. Please feel free to reach out any time before the conference if you have any questions or concerns.
Deanna Gutierrez & Felix Bulwa
Chairs, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, HMC San Francisco 2019