H.Res. 600 (107th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5710) to establish the Department of Homeland Security, and for ...

On the Resolution in the House


Nov 13, 2002


House Vote #475
107th Congress





This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 600 (107th). This resolution sets the rules for debate for another bill, such as limiting who can submit an amendment and setting floor debate time.

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 237
215 21 1
  Nay 177
1 175 1
Not Voting 17
5 12 0
Required: Simple Majority

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.