H.R. 1119 (105th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 (On the Conference Report)

Number:
Senate Vote #296 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Nov 06, 1997 (105th Congress)
Result:
Conference Report Agreed to

This was a vote to pass a bill.

Bill:
H.R. 1119 (105th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998
Introduced by Rep. Floyd Spence [R-SC2, 1971-2001] on March 19, 1997
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 90
 
 
90%
51 39
  Nay 10
 
 
10%
4 6
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

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.)