On the Motion (Bunning Motion to Refer the House Message on H.R. 3221 to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs)

Date:

Jun 19, 2008

Number:

Senate Vote #154
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 11
 
 
 
11%
0 11 0
  Nay 70
 
 
 
70%
40 29 1
Present 5
 
 
 
5%
3 2 0
Not Voting 14
 
 
 
14%
7 6 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.