On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 3 Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act


Jan 11, 2007


House Vote #19
110th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Diana DeGette [D-CO1] on January 5, 2007, H.R. 3 (110th): Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 189
11 178
  Nay 238
220 18
Not Voting 8
2 6
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.