S470013 Y=37, N=35, ANTHONY, R. I. TO PASS A RESOLUTION PROVIDING THAT SELECT COMMITTEES THUS CREATED SHALL BE VESTED WITH ALL THE POWERS AND AUTHORITIES HERETOFORE GIVEN TO EACH OF THE SELECT COMMITTEES ON THE RESPECTIVE SUBJECTS TO WHICH THEY RELATE; AND, FURTHER, TO EXAMINE THE SEVERAL BRANCHES OF THE CIVIL SERVICE, MAKE PROVISIONS FOR TAKING THE TENTH CENSUS, INVESTIGATE AND REPORT THE BEST MEANS OF PREVENTING THE INTRODUCTION AND SPREAD OF EPIDEMIC DISEASES, INQUIRE INTO ALL CLAIMS OF CITIZENS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT OF NICARAGUA; AND, ALSO, THAT THE JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE SHALL INQUIRE INTO THE ACCOMODATIONS FOR THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS; RESOLUTION ADOPTED. (P. 34-1)
- Senate Vote #13 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
- Mar 18, 1881 (47th Congress)
What’s the difference between aye and yea?
There is no meaningful difference between aye and yea (and nay and no), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure. The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)