H.R. 3221 (110th): Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008

On the Senate Amendment in the House

Date:

May 8, 2008

Number:

House Vote #301
110th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3221 (110th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 266
 
 
61%
227 39
  Nay 154
 
 
36%
0 154
Not Voting 13
 
 
3%
7 6
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.