H.Con.Res. 188 (107th): Expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of ... (On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree, As Amended)

Number:
House Vote #344 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Jul 24, 2002 (107th Congress)
Result:
Passed

This was a vote to pass a bill or agree to a resolution. 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.

Resolution:
H.Con.Res. 188 (107th): Expressing the sense of Congress that the Government of the People’s Republic of China should cease its persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
Introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27] on July 18, 2001
Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent     Independent/Republican
  Yea 420
 
 
 
 
97%
213 204 2 1
  Nay 0
 
 
 
 
0%
0 0 0 0
Not Voting 14
 
 
 
 
3%
7 7 0 0
Required: 2/3

Vote Details

Notes

Where is the Speaker’s vote?

According to current House rules, 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.

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.)