On the Cloture Motion S. 2845

Senate Vote #197 [primary source: senate.gov]
Oct 05, 2004 (108th Congress)
Cloture Motion Agreed to

This was a vote on “cloture”, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

Related Bill:
S. 2845 (108th): Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
Introduced by Sen. Susan Collins [R-ME] on September 23, 2004
Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 85
45 39 1
  Nay 10
6 4 0
Not Voting 5
0 5 0
Required: 3/5

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.