Policymaking Simulations put you in your elected officials’ shoes by simulating the process they go through in making policy decisions – getting briefed, hearing arguments, coming to decisions – using an online instrument called a “policymaking simulation.” VOP has worked with the Program for Public Consultation to develop simulations on the following issues. Give one a try!

CREATING A FEDERAL BUDGET FOR FY2020

  • Setting Discretionary Spending Levels
  • Making Changes to Existing Tax Rates
  • New Taxes

SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM

  • Options for reducing the shortfall
  • Raising benefits for some populations
  • Changing the way that cost of living adjustments are made

ADDRESSING THE MEDICARE SHORTFALL

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

IMMIGRATION

GOVERNMENT REFORM

  • Campaign Finance Reform
    • Encouraging Small Donors
    • Constitutional Amendment Limiting Campaign Contributions (Citizens United)
    • Restricting Direct Fundraising by Members of Congress
    • Increasing Disclosure of Political Donations
    • Public Funding of Presidential Campaigns

HEALTH CARE

FEDERAL POVERTY PROGRAMS

NET NEUTRALITY

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE REFORM