H.R. 1424 (110th): Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (On the Senate Amendment)

Number:
House Vote #681 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Oct 03, 2008 (110th Congress)
Result:
Passed

This was a vote to pass a bill.

Bill:
H.R. 1424 (110th): Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act of 2007
Introduced by Rep. Patrick Kennedy [D-RI1, 1995-2010] on March 9, 2007

This is the Senate's October 2008 Economic Stimulus Relief Bill. This bill was originally introduced in March 2007 and passed the House as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008. ... (read more)

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 263
 
 
61%
172 91
  Nay 171
 
 
39%
63 108
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

Where is the Speaker’s vote?

According to current House rules, 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.

What’s the difference between “aye” and “yea”?

There is no meaningful difference between “aye” and “yea” (and “nay” and “no”), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure.

The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)