On the Amendment S.Amdt. 345 to S. 254 (School Safety Act of 1999)

Senate Vote #138 [primary source: senate.gov]
May 20, 1999 (106th Congress)
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

S. 254 (106th): Violent and Repeat Juvenile Offender Accountability and Rehabilitation Act of 1999
Introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT] on January 20, 1999
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 41
38 3
  Nay 56
16 40
Not Voting 3
1 2
Required: Simple Majority

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.)