H.R. 2401 (103rd): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1994

On the Conference Report in the House


Nov 15, 1993


House Vote #565
103rd Congress





This was a vote to pass H.R. 2401 (103rd).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 273
223 50 0
  Nay 135
15 120 0
Not Voting 25
19 5 1
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.