Passage, objections of the President Notwithstanding: H R 1058 Securities Litigation Reform Act


Dec 20, 1995


House Vote #870
104th Congress




This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Tom Bliley [R-VA7, 1993-2000] on February 27, 1995, H.R. 1058 (104th): Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 319
230 89 0
  Nay 100
0 99 1
Present 1
0 1 0
Not Voting 14
6 8 0
Required: 2/3

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.