On the Amendment S.Amdt. 664 to S. 1054 (Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003)


May 15, 2003


Senate Vote #171
108th Congress


Amendment Agreed to



This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to S. 1054 (108th).

The Vice President cast a tie-breaking vote.

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent     Vice President
  Yea 51
48 2 0 1
  Nay 50
3 46 1 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: The Vice President’s Tie-Breaker

The Vice President casts a vote in the Senate when there is a tie. This is extremely rare.

Article I, section 3 of the U.S. Constitution reads, “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.”

“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.