On the Cloture Motion S.J.Res. 1

Date:

Jun 7, 2006

Number:

Senate Vote #163
109th Congress

Result:

Cloture Motion Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

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.J.Res. 1 (109th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Independent
  Yea 49
 
 
 
49%
47 2 0
  Nay 48
 
 
 
48%
6 41 1
Not Voting 3
 
 
 
3%
1 2 0
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.