On the Decision of the Chair H.R. 3539

Date:

Oct 3, 1996

Number:

Senate Vote #305
104th Congress

Result:

Decision of Chair Not Sustained

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 39
 
 
39%
3 36
  Nay 56
 
 
56%
46 10
Not Voting 5
 
 
5%
4 1
Required: Simple Majority

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.