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October Research Wrap-Up



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President Trump's COVID-19 Diagnosis

During the early morning hours of October 2nd, President Donald Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for COVID-19. See what members of Congress had to say about the diagnosis here.

Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On September 18th, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. Read what members of Congress had to say about her life and legacy here.

Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

On September 26th, President Trump nominated federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Click here to see what President Trump and Vice President Pence had to say about the nomination.

President Trump's Tax Returns

President Trump's tax returns were made public the week of September 27th. Read what members of Congress had to say about the returns here.


Key Votes:


Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On September 17th, the House passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act with a vote of 329-73. Read Vote Smart's summary of the bill here.

Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019

On September 24th, the House passed the Expanding Access to Sustainable Energy Act of 2019, which would require the Department of Energy (DOE) to award grants to rural electric cooperatives. See how each representative voted here.

The HEROES Act

On October 1st, the House of Representatives passed the updated HEROES Act, which would provide financial relief for COVID-19 if agreed to in the Senate. See how each representative voted here.


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Presidential Debate

On September 29th, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met for the first presidential debate. You can find the entire transcript, along with fact-checking from our partners, here.

Vice-Presidential Debate

A little over a week later, on October 8th, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris participated in the only vice-presidential debate of 2020. You can find the entire transcript, along with fact-checking from our partners, here.

Third-Party Candidates

Libertarian Party candidate Jo Jorgensen will appear on the ballot in all 50 states. Find Jorgensen's Vote Smart profile here.

As of October 6th, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins will appear on the ballot in 30 states, along with Washington D.C., and Guam. Find Hawkins's Vote Smart profile here.

For a complete list of presidential candidates, click here.

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