On the Cloture Motion H.R. 3221

Date:

Jul 7, 2008

Number:

Senate Vote #163
110th Congress

Result:

Cloture Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote on “cloture”, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

The vote was related to H.R. 3221 (110th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 76
 
 
 
76%
45 29 2
  Nay 10
 
 
 
10%
0 10 0
Not Voting 14
 
 
 
14%
5 9 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes: “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.