Committees

Oversight and Government Reform

Dear delegates,

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress 2017! Our names are Marc Bornstein and Dan Rubin, and we’re excited to chair the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

This committee, which has existed for more than two hundred years, focuses on the delegation of power within the Federal government. You, a congressperson on the committee, hold one of the most influential positions in the House and hold regulatory control over many aspects of both the legislative and the executive branch. In fact, one of the topics we will be discussing in committee is legislative oversight of Presidential action during public health emergencies as well as the governmental role in mandatory vaccination. The task given to you is daunting – you have the responsibility to restrict, justify, or supplement the immovable forces of government.

HMC, though, goes beyond the intimacy of small committee discussion and the formality of the full House. It is, above all, a great opportunity to learn about people from around the world and, perhaps even more importantly, listen to opinions that differ from your own. The French Enlightenment thinker Denis Diderot once said, “There are times when the greatest change needed is a change of my viewpoint.” In the spirit of Diderot, you have the chance to change, shape or hone your ideas in the company of fascinating individuals.

We are extremely excited to get to know you guys and hear your opinions on government oversight! To fill you in a little bit on your chairs, Dan is a Senior from Massachusetts studying Chemical and Physical Biology. He loves running, his dog, and the Red Sox. This is his third year in HMC and his third consecutive year staffing the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Marc is a Senior at Harvard, also from Massachusetts, studying Chemistry and Physics. This is his third year in HMC, and his second staffing this committee. He works in a lab researching a novel method for inhibiting bacterial signaling. Marc also enjoys hot dogs, warm weather, and spending time with his family.

We would love to get a chance to hear from you, so email us at any time with any questions, concerns, or even just introductions! Before the conference, it is also a good idea to try and read the news as much as possible – current events can change the scope of briefings and provide a good basis of knowledge for discussion in committee.

Best Regards,

Dan and Marc
Email: [email protected]

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