On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 693 to H.R. 2492 (District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1994)

Senate Vote #218 [primary source: senate.gov]
Jul 27, 1993 (103rd Congress)
Motion to Table Failed

This was a procedural vote.

Related Bill:
H.R. 2492 (103rd): Appropriations bill FY94, District of Columbia
Introduced by Rep. Julian Dixon [D-CA32, 1993-2000] on June 23, 1993
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 38
36 2
  Nay 61
17 44
Not Voting 1
1 0
Required: Simple Majority

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.)