On the Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on H.R. 2863)

Date:

Oct 5, 2005

Number:

Senate Vote #252
109th Congress

Result:

Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 95
 
 
 
95%
54 40 1
  Nay 4
 
 
 
4%
0 4 0
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Harry Reid (D), the Majority Leader, 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.