House vs. Senate
Instructors choose between a U.S. or U.S. Senate version. Both include a President with veto powers. We do not recommend a bicameral process because of the additional time required.
Each version has hard-wired agenda setting processes. These processes force students to conform to procedures that make filibusters possible in the Senate, and allow for strong party agenda control in the House.
In the House, bills can only be brought to the floor based on their order on the calendar, or if the chamber adopts a special rule proposed by the Rules committee. (There is no Committee of the Whole procedure)
In the Senate, individual senators can place holds on bills that are on the calendar. This positions them to filibuster the chamber leader’s motion to consider the bill, or the bill itself at a later stage. If a bill is being filibustered, no votes can be held except a vote on a cloture motion.
We usually recommend the Senate version for smaller classes.