On Agreeing to the Amendment: Amendment 12 to H R 3371

Number:
House Vote #323 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Oct 22, 1991 (102nd Congress)
Result:
Agreed to

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

Bill:
H.R. 3371 (102nd): Violent Crime Prevention Act of 1991
Introduced by Rep. Jack Brooks [D-TX9, 1967-1994] on September 23, 1991
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Democrat Farmer Labor     Democrat-Liberal     Independent     Republican-Conservative
  Aye 371
 
 
 
 
 
 
86%
213 157 0 0 0 1
  No 48
 
 
 
 
 
 
11%
45 0 1 1 1 0
Not Voting 14
 
 
 
 
 
 
3%
6 8 0 0 0 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
The Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, except when such vote would be decisive.” In practice, this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes and only does so when it is politically useful. When the Speaker declines to vote, he or she is simply omitted from the roll call by the House Clerk. (See House Rules, Rule I(7).)
“Aye” or “Yea”?

“Aye” and “Yea” mean the same thing, and so do “No” and “Nay”. Congress uses different words in different sorts of votes.

The U.S. Constitution says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). Congress takes this literally and uses “yea” and “nay” when voting on the final passage of bills.

All Senate votes use these words. But the House of Representatives uses “Aye” and “No” in other sorts of votes.