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

Senate Vote #260 [primary source: senate.gov]
Sep 30, 1997 (105th 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.

Related Bill:
S. 1156 (105th): District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1998
Introduced by Sen. Duncan “Lauch” Faircloth [R-NC, 1993-1998] on September 9, 1997
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 58
54 4
  Nay 41
1 40
Not Voting 1
0 1
Required: 3/5

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.)