On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 1555 Communications Act of 1995

Date:

Aug 4, 1995

Number:

House Vote #634
104th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Tom Bliley [R-VA7, 1993-2000] on May 3, 1995, H.R. 1555 (104th): Communications Act of 1995.

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Aye 224
 
 
 
52%
44 179 1
  No 199
 
 
 
46%
185 14 0
Not Voting 11
 
 
 
3%
5 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.