oath of office:
"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God."
what is congress?
The “representatives” in the Congressional chamber, are able to choose which bills or resolutions to debate from a docket of 10 to 30 other pieces of legislation. The representatives of the chamber take turns speaking for and against the legislation. After a few rounds of speaking, the presiding officer, a student selected by the others to run the proceedings, will take a vote. Speeches are 3 minutes long and directly following, the speaker is subjected to a questioning period. The goal of speeches is not only to persuade the other representatives in the room but also to convince the judge that A) you are well informed on the topic of the legislation and B) you have good speaking skills. Speeches are NOT supposed to be pre written; however, you should have evidence to support your claims and you may have notes or outlines prepared ahead of the competition.