Table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair: H R 476 To make noncreditable for Federal retirement purposes any Member service performed by an individual who is convicted of any certain offenses committed by that individual while serving as a Member of Congress, and for other purposes


Jan 22, 2007


House Vote #43
110th Congress




Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 223
223 0
  Nay 190
0 190
Present 1
0 1
Not Voting 21
10 11
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.