On the Amendment S.Amdt. 5059 to H.R. 6304 (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978)

Senate Vote #165 [primary source: senate.gov]
Jul 09, 2008 (110th Congress)
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

H.R. 6304 (110th): FISA Amendments Act of 2008
Introduced by Rep. Silvestre Reyes [D-TX16, 1997-2013] on June 19, 2008
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 37
36 0 1
  Nay 61
13 47 1
Not Voting 2
1 1 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details


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.)