Introducing Friends of the Institute

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 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Schedule subject to change for special events.

Current Today’s Vote

Man speaking in Senate Chamber

The current Today’s Vote is S.102, the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act of 2019. This bill requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct annual reviews of drug prices in order to determine if any are excessively priced. A drug price is considered excessive if it is greater than the median price for that drug in Canada, the UK, Germany, France, and Japan. If the Secretary finds that any drugs are excessively priced they may revoke the patent for that drug and allow anybody may make, import, or sell a generic version of the drug in the U.S.

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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.102, the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act of 2019.

What you’ll experience


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