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


Mar 13, 2008


Senate Vote #47
110th Congress


Motion to Reconsider Agreed to



This vote was related to a resolution introduced by Sen. Kent Conrad [D-ND, 1992-2012] on March 7, 2008, S.Con.Res. 70 (110th): Budget resolution FY2009.

The Vice President cast a tie-breaking vote.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent     Vice President
  Yea 51
2 48 0 1
  Nay 50
48 0 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: The Vice President’s Tie-Breaker

The Vice President casts a vote in the Senate when there is a tie. This is extremely rare.

Article I, section 3 of the U.S. 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.”

“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.