H.R. 1 (108th): Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (On the Conference Report)

Number:
Senate Vote #459 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Nov 25, 2003 (108th Congress)
Result:
Conference Report Agreed to

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1 (108th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 54
 
 
 
54%
42 11 1
  Nay 44
 
 
 
44%
9 35 0
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
0 2 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.