H.R. 2643 (110th): Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008

On Passage of the Bill in the House

Date:

Jun 27, 2007

Number:

House Vote #579
110th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to pass H.R. 2643 (110th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 272
 
 
63%
224 48
  Nay 155
 
 
36%
5 150
Not Voting 5
 
 
1%
2 3
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.