On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 2005 to H.R. 2863 (Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006)

Date:

Oct 6, 2005

Number:

Senate Vote #253
109th Congress

Result:

Motion to Table Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 65
 
 
 
65%
36 28 1
  Nay 32
 
 
 
32%
16 16 0
Not Voting 3
 
 
 
3%
2 1 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Whip’s Vote

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.