Welcome to Harvard Model Congress San Francisco and to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions!
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) is a very important part of the network of institutions that guide America’s long-term interests. Importantly, the HELP serves as (1) a guiding hand for measures related to health and public welfare, and (2) a regulating body on matters of employment and pensions.
You will be tackle two briefing topics central to the HELP’s mission this year: 1) setting the government’s position on maternal health care and 2) the recent trend toward a gig economy. In the first briefing, you will consider the extent and quality of health services afforded to women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. In the second briefing, you will review the recent trend toward an economy of short-term engagements with independent contractors and consider the implications.
As the conference nears, we hope that you not only familiarize yourself with the briefing topics and your role in the committee, but also that you reach out to us with any questions or concerns that you may have. HELP is a particularly difficult committee because of the breadth of areas under our jurisdiction, so unlike other committees, the briefing topics can often stand in stark contrast to each other.
We are here to ensure your experience at HMCSF is both informative and enjoyable. We look forward to meeting you in January and to all the vibrant debate you will bring.
In the Spirit of Democracy,
Trisha Prabhu and Joshua Lee
Co-Chairs, Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, HMCSF 2019