S.J.Res. 1 (105th): Balanced Budget amendment

On the Joint Resolution in the Senate

Date:

Mar 4, 1997

Number:

Senate Vote #24
105th Congress

Result:

Joint Resolution Defeated

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to agree to S.J.Res. 1 (105th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 66
 
 
66%
55 11
  Nay 34
 
 
34%
0 34
Required: 2/3

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.