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Today's Vote


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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.

The Today’s Vote program takes place in the Institute’s Senate Chamber Tuesday through Sunday at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Schedule subject to change for special events.

Current Today’s Vote

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This month’s topic is S.601, the BLAST Act. The BLAST Act would permanently ban former members of Congress from working as lobbyists after leaving office. Former members of Congress who are convicted of violating this ban would be subject to fines and/or jail time.


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

12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Schedule subject to change for special events.

This month, the Today’s Vote is S.601, the BLAST Act.

What you’ll experience

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