Congressional Debate is a student run recreation of a session of Congress. Students take on the role of a Congressperson (Senator or Representative depending on the tournament and event) and argue for or against pieces of legislation.
When the session starts, the assembled student body elects one representative to serve as the Parliamentarian. Then, students assemble a docket (or schedule of debatable pieces of legislation) and bring one up at a time. When a student decides to speak, he or she races their placard and speaks on the side (For or Against) of the legislation they wish. Students generally speak up to three minutes and are then asked questions by the rest of the contestants. After legislations have been adequately debate, students vote whether or not to pass the legislation and move on to the next article of debate.