On the Nomination (Confirmation Dennis W. Shedd, of South Carolina, to be U.S. Circuit Judge)

Date:

Nov 19, 2002

Number:

Senate Vote #250
107th Congress

Result:

Nomination Confirmed

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 55
 
 
 
55%
48 7 0
  Nay 44
 
 
 
44%
0 42 2
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
1 0 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: “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.