On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 1082 to S. 1324 (Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991)

Senate Vote #289 [primary source: senate.gov]
Nov 07, 1989 (101st Congress)
Motion to Table Agreed to

This was a procedural vote.

Related Bill:
S. 1324 (101st): Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991
Introduced by Sen. David Boren [D-OK, 1979-1994] on July 14, 1989
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 64
44 20
  Nay 34
10 24
Not Voting 2
1 1
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.)