On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3195 to S.Amdt. 2917 to S. 517 (National Laboratories Partnership Improvement Act of 2001)

Senate Vote #89 [primary source: senate.gov]
Apr 25, 2002 (107th Congress)
Amendment Agreed to

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

S. 517 (107th): National Laboratories Partnership Improvement Act of 2001
Introduced by Sen. Jeff Bingaman [D-NM, 1983-2013] on March 12, 2001
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 52
11 41 0
  Nay 47
39 7 1
Not Voting 1
0 1 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details


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.)