On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 1592 To provide Federal assistance to States, local jurisdictions, and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes.


May 3, 2007


House Vote #298
110th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13] on March 20, 2007, H.R. 1592 (110th): Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 189
9 180
  Nay 227
216 11
Not Voting 17
7 10
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.