Last week’s 2nd session kicked off right away with a fierce debate over the agenda. Unexpectedly, the Republicans showed an eerily united front and came together against great odds to push forward their conservative plans. Concurrently, the Democrats, consisting of only 3 factions, failed to find a common understanding, and got outvoted in the agenda selection. Healthcare was the major point of controversy and disagreement amongst Democrats, which led to their following downfall. Now that the agenda has been set, the senators will focus on solving the pressing issues in the education sector – teacher wages, national curricula and student loans will be some of the main topics in the upcoming weeks. Likewise, fierce debates will follow over USA’s fast growing eastern competitor – China. It will be up to the senators to navigate and negotiate their way through the quagmire of politics. Good Luck!