On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1797 to H.R. 2744 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006)


Sep 21, 2005


Senate Vote #239
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 66
24 41 1
  Nay 29
29 0 0
Not Voting 5
1 4 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), the Minority Leader, voted Yea 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.