On Ordering the Previous Question: H RES 869 Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J.Res. 69) making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2008, and for other purposes.


Dec 13, 2007


House Vote #1156
110th Congress





Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 222
222 0
  Nay 184
0 184
Not Voting 25
10 15
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
The Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, except when such vote would be decisive.” In practice, this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes and only does so when it is politically useful. When the Speaker declines to vote, he or she is simply omitted from the roll call by the House Clerk. (See House Rules, Rule I(7).)
“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.