On Motion to Commit with Instructions: S 2986 To amend title 31 of the United States Code to increase the public debt limit

Date:

Nov 18, 2004

Number:

House Vote #535
108th Congress

Result:

Failed

Source:

house.gov

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 194
 
 
 
45%
0 193 1
  Nay 218
 
 
 
50%
218 0 0
Not Voting 21
 
 
 
5%
9 12 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
The Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, except when such vote would be decisive.” In practice, this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes and only does so when it is politically useful. When the Speaker declines to vote, he or she is simply omitted from the roll call by the House Clerk. (See House Rules, Rule I(7).)
“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.