H.R. 4137 (110th): Higher Education Opportunity Act

On the Conference Report in the House

Date:

Jul 31, 2008

Number:

House Vote #544
110th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4137 (110th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 380
 
 
88%
234 146
  Nay 49
 
 
11%
0 49
Not Voting 5
 
 
1%
1 4
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.