H.Res. 579 (102nd): Waiving points of order against the conference report to ... (On the Resolution)

Number:
House Vote #431 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Sep 25, 1992 (102nd Congress)
Result:
Passed

This was a vote to agree to a resolution.

Resolution:
H.Res. 579 (102nd): Waiving points of order against the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 5679) making appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and for sundry independent agencies, boards, commis
Introduced by Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25] on September 24, 1992
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Republican-Conservative     Democrat-Liberal     Independent     Democrat Farmer Labor
  Yea 202
 
 
 
 
 
 
47%
149 50 1 1 0 1
  Nay 186
 
 
 
 
 
 
43%
85 100 0 0 1 0
Not Voting 44
 
 
 
 
 
 
10%
29 15 0 0 0 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

Where is the Speaker’s vote?

According to current House rules, 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.

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.)