H.Res. 282 (102nd): Providing for the concurrence of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill H.R. ...

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and AGREE in the House


Nov 18, 1991


House Vote #401
102nd Congress





This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 282 (102nd). It was taken under a procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent     Republican-Conservative     Democrat-Liberal
  Yea 245
186 56 1 1 1
  Nay 164
64 100 0 0 0
Present 1
0 1 0 0 0
Not Voting 24
16 8 0 0 0
Required: 2/3

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.