On the Motion (Motion to Instruct Sgt. At Arms)

Date:

Feb 5, 2008

Number:

Senate Vote #6
110th Congress

Result:

Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12] on January 28, 2008, H.R. 5140 (110th): Economic Stimulus Act of 2008.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 73
 
 
 
73%
41 31 1
  Nay 12
 
 
 
12%
1 11 0
Not Voting 15
 
 
 
15%
8 6 1
Required: Simple Majority

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.