H.Res. 252 (103rd): Relating to consideration of the bill (H.R. 2750) making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related ...

On the Resolution in the House


Sep 22, 1993


House Vote #447
103rd Congress





This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 252 (103rd).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 257
161 95 1
  Nay 163
86 77 0
Not Voting 14
11 3 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.