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February Research Wrap-Up

February packed a lot of political action into 29 days! The Vote Smart team gathered 6,445 statements, 113 votes, and covered four caucuses and primary elections last month. From the coronavirus to the state of the 2020 race, Vote Smart cut through the clutter and found the facts. You can find all those facts here, in the February Research Wrap-Up.




On January 31, the U.S. declared coronavirus a health emergency. With the virus now beginning to spread in multiple states, Congress has had a lot to say about it. Read all the warnings, concerns, and statements here.

Labor Unions

On February 7, the House passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019. Read our unbiased coverage of the bill here and see how your representatives voted here.

President Trump's 2021 Budget Proposal

On February 10, President Trump unveiled his proposed budget for 2021. Read what members of Congress had to say about the proposal here.



Senate Joint Resolution 68

The Senate voted 55 to 45 on February 13 to pass a joint resolution directing the president to cease the use of armed forces against Iran unless explicitly authorized by a congressional declaration of war. Click here to see our coverage of the resolution, and click here to see what your senators have to say about it.

Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment The House passed a resolution on February 13 to repeal the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Click here to see how your representatives voted, and then check out what they had to say about it here.

Emmett Till Antilynching Act The House voted 410 to 4 on February 26 to pass the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. The act establishes a criminal penalty for lynching. Click here to see our coverage of the bill.


2020 Democratic Primary

A Narrowing Field February saw multiple candidates suspend their campaigns or drop out of the race for president. Did you know that Vote Smart has an interactive tool that helps you find which of the candidates best matches your views? Find out which of the remaining major candidates you match with using VoteEasy.

President Trump's Response President Trump, who is facing few challenges for the for the Republican nomination, has been holding campaign events in various states to speak to his supporters. See what the president has been saying about the state of the 2020 race here.

Which States Vote Next? March marks the second month of voting in the 2020 Democratic Primary Election. Super Tuesday took place on March 3, with 14 states, as well as the American Samoa Territory and Democrats Abroad, voting in their respective primary. View results from Super Tuesday and filter by state here. Need help keeping up with the order of the primaries? Check out our full calendar here.


Thanks for following along with us this month. We'll be back with more updates soon. Until then, keep up with the latest information on the Vote Smart blog.

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