On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1775 to H.R. 2744 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006)


Sep 21, 2005


Senate Vote #238
109th Congress


Amendment Agreed to



This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to H.R. 2744 (109th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 55
31 24 0
  Nay 39
21 17 1
Not Voting 6
2 4 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Leader/Majority Whip’s Vote

Sen. Harry Reid (D), the Majority Leader, voted Nay against his party.

Sen. Richard Durbin (D), the Majority Whip, voted Nay against his party.

Somtimes a party leader will vote on the winning side, even if it is against his or her position, to have the right to call for a new vote under a motion to reconsider. For more, see this explanation from The Washington Post.

We do not know the rationale behind any vote, however.

“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.