ON MOTION TO TABLE THEMOTION TO RECONSIDER: S 21 CALIFORNIA DESERT PROTECTION

Date:

Oct 4, 1994

Number:

House Vote #474
103rd Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] on January 21, 1993, S. 21 (103rd): California Desert Protection Act of 1994.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Aye 271
 
 
 
62%
237 33 1
  No 142
 
 
 
33%
2 140 0
Not Voting 21
 
 
 
5%
16 5 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.