On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 284 to S. 600 (Foreign Affairs Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007)

Senate Vote #85 [primary source: senate.gov]
Apr 06, 2005 (109th Congress)
Motion to Table Agreed to

This was a procedural vote.

Related Bill:
S. 600 (109th): Foreign Affairs Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007
Introduced by Sen. Richard Lugar [R-IN, 1977-2013] on March 10, 2005
Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 65
52 13 0
  Nay 35
2 32 1
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details


What’s the difference between “aye” and “yea”?

There is no meaningful difference between “aye” and “yea” (and “nay” and “no”), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure.

The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)