On the Amendment S.Amdt. 970 to S. 1 (Prescription Drug and Medicare Improvement Act of 2003)

Date:

Jun 24, 2003

Number:

Senate Vote #240
108th Congress

Result:

Amendment Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to S. 1 (108th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 41
 
 
 
41%
0 41 0
  Nay 54
 
 
 
54%
49 4 1
Not Voting 5
 
 
 
5%
2 3 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.