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Today's Vote


Tablet stack

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.

Current Today’s Vote

Man speaking in Senate Chamber

The current Today’s Vote topic is S.219, the Corporate Freeloader Fee Act. This bill would impose a tax on certain employers who employ low-wage employees during the year. The amount of the tax would be reduced for employers who provide certain health and retirement benefits to low-wage employees. Government employers, churches, and church organizations would be exempt from the tax.


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

This month, the Today’s Vote is S.219, the Corporate Freeloader Fee Act.

What you’ll experience

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