On the Amendment S.Amdt. 769 to H.R. 2519 (Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1992)

Number:
Senate Vote #132 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Jul 17, 1991 (102nd Congress)
Result:
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

Bill:
H.R. 2519 (102nd): Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1992
Introduced by Rep. Jerome Traxler [D-MI8, 1973-1992] on June 3, 1991
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 35
 
 
35%
32 3
  Nay 64
 
 
64%
24 40
Not Voting 1
 
 
1%
1 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

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.)