On Agreeing to the Amendment: Amendment 5 to H R 3230

Number:
House Vote #171 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
May 15, 1996 (104th Congress)
Result:
Agreed to

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

Bill:
H.R. 3230 (104th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997
Introduced by Rep. Floyd Spence [R-SC2, 1971-2001] on April 15, 1996
Totals     Republican     Democrat     Democrat-turned-Republican     Independent     Democrat Farmer Labor
  Aye 249
 
 
 
 
 
58%
218 29 2 0 0
  No 171
 
 
 
 
 
39%
6 163 0 1 1
Not Voting 13
 
 
 
 
 
3%
6 7 0 0 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.