On the Cloture Motion S.Amdt. 3960 to S.Amdt. 3955 to H.R. 2937 (No short title on file)


May 9, 1996


Senate Vote #111
104th Congress


Cloture Motion Rejected



This was a vote on “cloture”, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

The vote was related to H.R. 2937 (104th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 52
52 0
  Nay 44
1 43
Not Voting 4
0 4
Required: 3/5

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.