PREVIOUS QUESTION ON MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES: H R 4506 ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS FOR FY 1995

Date:

Aug 1, 1994

Number:

House Vote #366
103rd Congress

Result:

Failed

Source:

house.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 171
 
 
 
39%
63 108 0
  Nay 209
 
 
 
48%
156 53 0
Not Voting 54
 
 
 
12%
36 17 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.