On the Motion (Motion to Waive CBA Re: Bond Amdt. No. 4985)

Date:

Jun 19, 2008

Number:

Senate Vote #153
110th Congress

Result:

Motion Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12] on July 30, 2007, H.R. 3221 (110th): Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 21
 
 
 
21%
0 21 0
  Nay 69
 
 
 
69%
46 22 1
Not Voting 10
 
 
 
10%
4 5 1
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), the Minority Leader, voted Yea 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.