On the Cloture Motion S.Amdt. 1158 to H.R. 3660 (Ethics Reform Act of 1989)

Senate Vote #304 [primary source: senate.gov]
Nov 17, 1989 (101st Congress)
Cloture Motion Agreed to

This was a vote on “cloture”, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

Related Bill:
H.R. 3660 (101st): Ethics Reform Act of 1989
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Foley [D-WA5, 1965-1994] on November 15, 1989
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 90
53 37
  Nay 9
1 8
Not Voting 1
1 0
Required: 3/5

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.)