On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 4117 to S. 2611 (Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006)


May 23, 2006


Senate Vote #139
109th Congress


Motion to Table Agreed to



This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Arlen Specter [D-PA, 1981-2010] on April 7, 2006, S. 2611 (109th): Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006.

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 79
50 29 0
  Nay 19
3 15 1
Not Voting 2
1 1 0
Required: Simple Majority

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.