On the Motion (d'amato motion to instruct cnferees h.r.3355)

Date:

May 19, 1994

Number:

Senate Vote #126
103rd Congress

Result:

Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 51
 
 
51%
20 31
  Nay 47
 
 
47%
33 14
Not Voting 2
 
 
2%
1 1
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: “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.