H.R. 6124 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008

On Overriding the Veto in the House


Jun 18, 2008


House Vote #417
110th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Collin Peterson [D-MN7] on May 22, 2008, H.R. 6124 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 317
218 99
  Nay 109
13 96
Not Voting 8
4 4
Required: 2/3

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.