On the Amendment H.R. 3525

Senate Vote #75 [primary source: senate.gov]
Apr 18, 2002 (107th Congress)
Amendment Agreed to

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

H.R. 3525 (107th): Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002
Introduced by Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R-WI5] on December 19, 2001
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 97
48 48 1
  Nay 0
0 0 0
Not Voting 3
2 1 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: “Aye” or “Yea”?

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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.