Winter Congress

You write the bills. You cast the votes. You make the laws.

Learn how government works hands-on. JSA’s winter convention simulates Congress so students can learn how bills are made and passed. Some JSA students travel to the nation’s capital and also have an opportunity to see political centers like the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Supreme Court up close. Join your fellow delegates for Winter Congress, and take on the job of legislating the toughest issues facing our country.

In the legislative branch of the United States government, the debates that matter most are those on the floors of the House and Senate. Bills cover topics that the nation faces actively, like gun control, immigration, healthcare, and many more issues — all written and decided by you.

During this convention, participants attend committee meetings, offer amendments and watch the markup process on proposed legislation. Hone your public speaking skills as a sponsor for a bill and negotiate to gain supporters for your issue in the House and Senate sessions.

Shepherd your bill through committee sessions and fierce debates, and defend it in full sessions of the House and Senate. Or try to amend the United States Constitution itself. You write the bills. You cast the votes. You make the laws.

JSA STATEDATELOCATIONHOTEL
Pacific NorthwestFeb. 2-3, 2019Portland, ORRed Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach
Northeast and SoutheastFeb. 8-10, 2019Washington, DCDoubleTree Crystal City Hotel
Midwest and Ohio River ValleyFeb. 15-17, 2019Washington, DCDoubleTree Crystal City Hotel
Southern CaliforniaFeb. 23-24, 2019Los Angeles, CAGateway Sheraton at LAX
Mid-Atlantic and TexasFeb. 22-24, 2019Washington, DCDoubleTree Crystal City Hotel
Northern CaliforniaFeb. 23-24, 2019Sacramento, CASheraton Grand Sacramento

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