S. 5 (102nd): Family and Medical Leave Act of 1991 (On Overriding the Veto)

Senate Vote #232 [primary source: senate.gov]
Sep 24, 1992 (102nd Congress)
Veto Overridden
Related Bill:
S. 5 (102nd): Family and Medical Leave Act of 1991
Introduced by Sen. Christopher Dodd [D-CT, 1981-2010] on January 14, 1991
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 68
54 14
  Nay 31
3 28
Not Voting 1
0 1
Required: 2/3

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.)