S. 294 (110th): Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2007

On Passage of the Bill in the Senate

Date:

Oct 30, 2007

Number:

Senate Vote #400
110th Congress

Result:

Bill Passed

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to pass S. 294 (110th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 70
 
 
 
70%
44 24 2
  Nay 22
 
 
 
22%
0 22 0
Not Voting 8
 
 
 
8%
6 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.