On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 3 to S.J.Res. 1 (No short title on file)


Feb 11, 1997


Senate Vote #8
105th Congress


Motion to Table Agreed to



This vote was related to a resolution introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT] on January 21, 1997, S.J.Res. 1 (105th): Balanced Budget amendment.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 64
54 10
  Nay 36
1 35
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.