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On Approving the Journal

This was a procedural vote. The House is required to approve its previous day’s journal of activities each day, but the journal is never the true subject of these votes. Because the journal is routinely approved, representatives use these votes to appear to be voting for or against their party, whichever is more politically useful, in aggregate vote statistics, knowing that their vote here does not truly matter. These votes may also be used by the majority party to get representatives to the floor or to conduct an informal tally about their position on another matter. That other matter is not made known to the general public.

107th Congress
Feb 14, 2002

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Key: R Yea D Yea R Nay D Nay
Seat position based on our ideology score.
Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 342
178 162 2
  Nay 51
21 30 0
Present 1
1 0 0
Not Voting 41
21 19 1
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Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote? “Aye” or “Yea”?
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Statistically Notable Votes

Statistically notable votes are the votes that are most surprising, or least predictable, given how other members of each voter’s party voted and other factors.

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