On Motion to Recommit: H R 2985 Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes


Jun 22, 2005


House Vote #302
109th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Jerry Lewis [R-CA41, 2003-2012] on June 20, 2005, H.R. 2985 (109th): Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2006.

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Aye 180
0 179 1
  No 232
219 13 0
Not Voting 22
12 10 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.