Wait, wait, wait… What is NIF?

By: Mitchell Osland

Many delegates have heard of NIF, but don’t actually know what it is. NIF stands for National Issues Forums, and is very similar to any of the senates or houses. The big difference is that NIF talks about national issues such as border control, tariffs, U.S Military usage, and much more. Delegates create proposals- similar to bills that suggest a change or improvement to the U.S. and its laws. A typical session starts with the author introducing their bill. Similar to the House of Representatives, the authors get two minutes to explain their proposals. Next, the speaker allows delegates to ask the author questions. These questions typically involve how the bill will work and how it is funded. After all of the questions are answered, the speaker opens up pros and cons arguments where the delegates raise their hands and are called on to support or reject the proposals. After a short while, the speaker will close arguments and give the author a brief closing statement. Lastly, because the committees are so small, voting is done on piece of paper and are then counted to determine if the proposal passes or fails. NIF is a great branch of Youth in Government in which people who enjoy legislative branches can enjoy it on a national level. NIF is also a great way to get your voice heard and get yourself out there to fight for your beliefs and opinions. The National Issues Forums is a great way to learn and have fun!