On Motion to Commit with Instructions: S 5 Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act


Jun 7, 2007


House Vote #442
110th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV] on January 4, 2007, S. 5 (110th): Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 180
14 166
  Nay 242
211 31
Not Voting 10
6 4
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.