On the Decision of the Chair H.R. 3015

Number:
Senate Vote #177 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Sep 14, 1989 (101st Congress)
Result:
Decision of Chair Not Sustained
Related Bill:
H.R. 3015 (101st): Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1990
Introduced by Rep. William Lehman [D-FL17, 1983-1992] on July 26, 1989
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 34
 
 
34%
12 22
  Nay 65
 
 
65%
43 22
Not Voting 1
 
 
1%
0 1
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

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). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

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, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)