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
The current Today’s Vote is S. 2330, the Earmark Elimination Act. This bill would allow a senator to object to the presence of an earmark in a piece of legislation. Under the bill, an “earmark” is a congressionally directed spending item, tax benefit, or tariff benefit targeted to a specific recipient or group of beneficiaries. If a senator does object, then the earmark would be struck from the bill, unless a two-thirds majority of senators voted to keep it.
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Today's Vote is currently running in the EMK Institute's Senate Chamber Tuesday through Sunday
Schedule subject to change for special events.
This month Today’s Vote is S. 2330, the Earmark Elimination Act.
Experience democracy firsthand through interactive exhibits, live votes, and a full-scale replica of the Senate Chamber.