On the Motion to Reconsider S.Amdt. 4189 to S.Con.Res. 70 (No short title on file)

Senate Vote #47 [primary source: senate.gov]
Mar 13, 2008 (110th Congress)
Motion to Reconsider Agreed to

This was a procedural vote.

The Vice President cast a tie-breaking vote.
Related Resolution:
S.Con.Res. 70 (110th): Budget resolution FY2009
Introduced by Sen. Kent Conrad [D-ND, 1992-2013] on March 7, 2008
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent     Vice President
  Yea 51
2 48 0 1
  Nay 50
48 0 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details


The Vice President cast a tie-breaking vote.

The Vice President casts a vote in the Senate when there is a tie. Article I, section 3 of the United States Constitution reads: “The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.” Ties in the Senate are rare.

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.)