On the Motion to Proceed H.R. 2415

Number:
Senate Vote #288 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Oct 27, 2000 (106th Congress)
Result:
Motion to Proceed Agreed to

This was a procedural vote.

Related Bill:
H.R. 2415 (106th): Admiral James W. Nance Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001
Introduced by Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] on July 1, 1999
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 87
 
 
87%
47 40
  Nay 1
 
 
1%
0 1
Present 1
 
 
1%
1 0
Not Voting 11
 
 
11%
6 5
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.)