On the Cloture Motion S.Amdt. 1249 to S. 1156 (District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1998)

Date:

Sep 30, 1997

Number:

Senate Vote #260
105th Congress

Result:

Cloture Motion Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

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 S. 1156 (105th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 58
 
 
58%
54 4
  Nay 41
 
 
41%
1 40
Not Voting 1
 
 
1%
0 1
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.