H.Res. 172 (107th): Honoring John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, who lost their lives in the course of ...

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree in the House

Date:

Jun 27, 2001

Number:

House Vote #197
107th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 172 (107th). It was taken under a procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 424
 
 
 
98%
217 205 2
  Nay 0
 
 
 
0%
0 0 0
Not Voting 9
 
 
 
2%
4 5 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.