On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 4347 to S. 1745 (National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997)

Senate Vote #175 [primary source: senate.gov]
Jun 26, 1996 (104th Congress)
Motion to Table Agreed to

This was a procedural vote.

Related Bill:
S. 1745 (104th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997
Introduced by Sen. Strom Thurmond [R-SC, 1961-2002] on May 13, 1996
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 60
50 10
  Nay 40
3 37
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details


What’s the difference between “aye” and “yea”?

There is no meaningful difference between “aye” and “yea” (and “nay” and “no”), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure.

The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)