On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1278 to S. 1281 (Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994)

Senate Vote #10 [primary source: senate.gov]
Jan 27, 1994 (103rd Congress)
Amendment Agreed to

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

S. 1281 (103rd): Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995
Introduced by Sen. Claiborne Pell [D-RI, 1961-1996] on July 23, 1993
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 91
49 42
  Nay 3
2 1
Not Voting 6
3 3
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.)