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As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

Today's Vote


Student speaking in Senate Chamber

In the Today’s Vote program, visitors participate in a live floor debate on an active piece of legislation being considered by the real Senate in Washington, D.C. The simulated Senate session provides an introduction to the bill under consideration and highlights some of the Senate Chamber’s rules and traditions. As a “Senator for a Day,” visitors can investigate the bill using their tablets, consider live debates by the Institute’s actor “Senators,” and offer their own statements on the Senate floor. Today’s Vote culminates in a live vote, tallied on the Institute’s Senate Chamber screens.

Today’s Vote is currently running in the Institute’s Senate Chamber Tuesday through Sunday at 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 4:00 PM. Schedule subject to change for special events.

Current Today’s Vote

Man speaking in Senate Chamber

The current Today’s Vote bill is S. 2319, the Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources for Energy (ONSHORE) Act. This bill would empower states to manage oil and gas permitting and regulatory responsibilities on federal land within their borders.


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Today's Vote is currently running in the EMK Institute's Senate Chamber Tuesday through Sunday

12:00 PM
2:00 PM
4:00 PM
Schedule subject to change for special events.
This month Today’s Vote is S. 2319, the ONSHORE Act.

What you’ll experience

Experience democracy firsthand through interactive exhibits, live votes, and a full-scale replica of the Senate Chamber.

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