On the Cloture Motion S. 256

Number:
Senate Vote #29 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Mar 08, 2005 (109th Congress)
Result:
Cloture Motion Agreed to

This was a vote on “cloture”, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

The vote was related to S. 256 (109th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 69
 
 
 
69%
54 15 0
  Nay 31
 
 
 
31%
0 30 1
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.