United States House of Representatives
The United States House of Representatives was established by the 1787 United States Constitution as the lower chamber of the United States Congress (the higher chamber being the United States Senate). The House of Representatives operates under geographic representation, where each member represents a specific geographic area, of roughly the same number of people as every other Congressional district. This congressional structure was created as a compromise between large colonies such as Virginia, which wanted representation in Congress to be proportional to population, and smaller colonies, such as New Jersey, which wanted every state to receive equal representation. Per the United States Constitution, all bills having to do with raising revenue (i.e. taxes) must start in the United States House of Representatives. The House of Representatives also has the power to bring Articles of Impeachment against an elected official for trial in the United States Senate. Generally, Congress is the legislative body of the United States Government, passing all laws deemed “necessary and proper” to carry out their wide range of specific duties. These include “the power of the purse,” in that they control the federal budget, as well as regulating commerce, immigration, and infrastructure.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: Campaign Finance Reform
Topic B: Re-evaluating the Prison-Industrial ComplexAvailable November 30, 2018
Letter from the Chair
Dear Honorable Delegates,
Welcome to JHUMUNC XXII! My name is Alex Goldberg and I am incredibly excited to be your chair for the United States House of Representatives. I look forward to working with all of you to discuss some of the key political issues in today’s America.
I am a rising sophomore from just outside of Albany, New York. I am studying International Studies, Economics, and Political Science at Johns Hopkins. I am currently considering a career in law, or some form of government work. Outside of my schoolwork, I also play trombone in the Johns Hopkins University Pep Band, am a student organizer for J Street U at Johns Hopkins University, and am an admissions tour guide with the Johns Hopkins Blue Key Society.
This is my second year participating in JHUMUNC. Last year, I was a dais member for the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM) where I enjoyed the debate about the refugee crisis and the protection of World Heritage Sites.
It is crucial that each delegate researches and thoroughly understands the position that their district has on the topic. It will also be important to understand each political party’s broader stance as well. As a brief procedural note, the JHUMUNC House of Representatives will still operate under the JHMUNC Parliamentary Procedures, not the United States House of Representatives Rules. These procedures can be found in your Conference Handbook.
I hope that you are all as excited as I am for JHUMUNC XXII, and that you are able to fully research the complexities of some public policy in the United States. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to reach out to me, and I will respond as soon as I can.
Beyond that, our staff and I cannot wait to meet you, and wish you the best in your research!
Chair, United States House of Representatives
JHUMUNC Session XXII