On the Amendment S.Amdt. 931 to S. 1 (Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003)

Senate Vote #227 [primary source: senate.gov]
Jun 18, 2003 (108th Congress)
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

S. 1 (108th): Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003
Introduced by Sen. William “Bill” Frist [R-TN, 1995-2006] on June 11, 2003
Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 37
0 37 0
  Nay 58
51 6 1
Not Voting 5
0 5 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.)