Founded under the Constitution, the United States Senate had its first meeting on March 4, 1789. The Senate, the upper chamber of Congress, consists of 100 members. In the 117th Senate, both the Republican and Democratic Parties hold 50 seats each, with Vice President Kamala D. Harris (D) serving as a potential tie-breaking vote. The Senate’s goal is to produce legislation that influences both the American people and the government. Specifically, the Senate has the power to confirm presidential appointees, ratify treaties, and try impeachment cases.
To echo the words of former Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau, Canadians are “sleeping with an elephant”—the United States of America. Prospective Members of the Senate should have an eagerness to learn about the United States and the fundamental ways American political trends impact Canada, and a willingness to set aside ideological lines and form bipartisan groups of Republicans and Democrats to craft meaningful legislation. After thorough debate and research, delegates representing individual Senators will aim to write and present a bill which appeals to both sides of the aisle.
The U.S. Senate is undeniably one of the world’s legendary legislative bodies, and its sheer complexity is directly reflected in the challenging, yet rewarding nature of this committee. Bills passed in the Senate should be written in their entirety during the conference; no bills should be written in advance of the conference. Position papers are mandatory for all senators and must be submitted by January 28th, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
A fundamental pillar of American democracy is the people’s right to vote; however, as the 2020 presidential election has drawn attention towards the electoral system in the United States, the public’s faith in the integrity of elections is now diminished. Ranging from concerns over voter fraud to pushes for expanded voting rights, the issue of reforming voting in elections is viewed drastically differently between Democrats and Republicans. Although the Founding Fathers have attempted to address any foreseeable challenges to voting, the spread of misinformation and the pandemic have introduced new challenges. Tasked with representing and serving the people, the United States Senate is facing increasing pressure to analyze and implement courses of action to address concerns targeted at the core of American democracy.
The United States has remained the global hegemon for decades through its leadership and superiority in key industries, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Concerningly, rising powers such as China are now seeking to challenge the United States in various ways. In an ever digitizing and changing world, ensuring that the United States maintains its technological superiority in high tech industries remains vital towards protecting its and its allies’ interests both domestically and abroad. Issues such as the theft of U.S. intellectual property from foreign governments and the decline of international competitiveness in U.S. firms must be addressed in order to protect the United States from hostile regimes.
William Wang | President of the Senate
William is a Grade 12 student at St. George’s School and is beyond elated to be serving as the Director of the United States Senate at VMUN 2022. First discovering a love for diplomacy, international relations, and global affairs through debate, William has truly solidified these passions with the thrilling debates, unique memories, and unforgettable friendships he has made at the Model UN conferences he has attended. Outside of the committee room, William can be found attending trying to figure out how to play golf, watching youtube, or sleeping at questionable hours. He hopes that a weekend of fruitful debate and purposeful diplomacy at VMUN’s United States Senate committee will introduce new delegates to the world of Model UN and also be a familiar home for experienced veterans to refine their skills once again.
Liam Dachner | Chair
Liam Dachner is a Grade 11 student at West Point Grey Academy, and he is extremely excited to serve as the Chair for the U.S. Senate this year. Beginning his MUN journey in 2017, Liam is ecstatic to return as a staff member to VMUN—the conference that sparked his MUN career. He has come to relish the fast-paced discussions, current topics and often humorous speeches that are so vital to a good conference. Outside of MUN you can find him racing Cross Country and Track and Field, hanging out with friends or playing video games. He is looking forward to the upcoming conference and hopes to provide a committee that will be fun and memorable for all.
Angela Lu | Assistant Director
Currently a junior at University Hill Secondary School, Angela is thrilled to be serving as an Assistant Director in the United States Senate at VMUN 2022. Ever since she stumbled upon the world of Model UN at the beginning of high school, Angela has been captivated by the invigorating experiences it offers. She wishes to help craft an enchanting weekend for all delegates, filled with forging life-long friendships and advancing nuanced debates. Outside of the committee room, Angela can be spotted scrolling through TikTok into the wee hours of the morning, gorging on books about IR theory, and acting as a (hopelessly counterproductive) therapist-on-call for her friends. Angela cannot wait to welcome new and experienced delegates alike to what she hopes will be an unforgettable weekend!
Mariam Kazmi | Assistant Director
Mariam Kazmi is a junior at Woodinville High School and is ecstatic to be serving as an Assistant Director in the U.S. Senate at VMUN 2022! Mariam had a bit of a rocky start to her MUN journey and was initially terrified of the collaboration and interaction that MUN conferences facilitate. After attending her first conference last year with three written speeches and a fifth position paper draft, Mariam was introduced to the exciting and adrenaline-filled world of MUN. Outside of MUN, Mariam uses her perfectionism in everything, including baking, AP classes, piano, and her writing. Mariam is a published author and writing enthusiast, sometimes randomly jotting down story ideas at the most unusual times. She is excited to have a memorable VMUN experience!
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.