On the Amendment S.Amdt. 2700 to H.R. 2764 (Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2008)

Senate Vote #317 [primary source: senate.gov]
Sep 06, 2007 (110th Congress)
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

H.R. 2764 (110th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008
Introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17] on June 18, 2007
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 30
1 29 0
  Nay 63
44 17 2
Not Voting 7
5 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), the Minority Leader, voted Nay against his party.

Somtimes a party leader will vote on the winning side, even if it is against his or her position, to have the right to call for a new vote under a motion to reconsider. For more, see this explanation from The Washington Post.

We do not know the rationale behind any vote, however.

“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.