On the Motion (Motion To Suspend Paragraph 4, Rule XVI RE: Dorgan Amdt. No. 1670)

Date:

Sep 14, 2005

Number:

Senate Vote #228
109th Congress

Result:

Motion Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 44
 
 
 
44%
0 43 1
  Nay 53
 
 
 
53%
52 1 0
Not Voting 3
 
 
 
3%
2 1 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.