Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree: H RES 534 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that recent nuclear weapons security failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory show security procedures are inadequate and individuals responsible must be held accountable and procedures corrected


Jul 17, 2000


House Vote #401
106th Congress




Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 391
206 183 2
  Nay 5
0 5 0
Present 2
1 1 0
Not Voting 36
15 21 0
Required: 2/3

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
The Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, except when such vote would be decisive.” In practice, this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes and only does so when it is politically useful. When the Speaker declines to vote, he or she is simply omitted from the roll call by the House Clerk. (See House Rules, Rule I(7).)
“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.