On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 900 to H.R. 2991 (Department of Commerce Appropriations Act, 1990)

Senate Vote #221 [primary source: senate.gov]
Sep 29, 1989 (101st Congress)
Motion to Table Failed

This was a procedural vote.

Related Bill:
H.R. 2991 (101st): Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1990
Introduced by Rep. Neal Smith [D-IA4, 1973-1994] on July 25, 1989
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 41
34 7
  Nay 50
17 33
Not Voting 9
4 5
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details


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.)