On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 1427 Federal Housing Finance Reform Act


May 22, 2007


House Vote #395
110th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA4, 1981-2012] on March 9, 2007, H.R. 1427 (110th): Federal Housing Finance Reform Act of 2007.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Aye 182
2 180
  No 232
218 14
Not Voting 18
11 7
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.