On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 4454 LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 1995


May 26, 1994


House Vote #215
103rd Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Victor Fazio [D-CA3, 1993-1998] on May 19, 1994, H.R. 4454 (103rd): Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1995.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 177
5 172 0
  Nay 241
240 0 1
Not Voting 16
10 6 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.