On the Motion (Motion to Instruct the Sgt. At Arms)

Date:

Apr 19, 2005

Number:

Senate Vote #99
109th Congress

Result:

Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 91
 
 
 
91%
53 37 1
  Nay 7
 
 
 
7%
1 6 0
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
0 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

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.