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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

This month, vote on S.2482, the Protect American Values Act. This bill would prohibit the use of Federal funds to carry out a proposed rule that would expand the government’s ability to deny granting entry or residency to some legal immigrants.


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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.2482, the Protect American Values Act.

What you’ll experience

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