On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 505 Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act

Date:

Oct 24, 2007

Number:

House Vote #999
110th Congress

Result:

Failed

Source:

house.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 178
 
 
41%
0 178
  Nay 235
 
 
54%
224 11
Not Voting 19
 
 
4%
8 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.