On the Cloture Motion S.Amdt. 3983 to H.R. 5140 (Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008)

Number:
Senate Vote #8 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Feb 06, 2008 (110th Congress)
Result:
Cloture Motion Rejected

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.

Related Bill:
H.R. 5140 (110th): Economic Stimulus Act of 2008
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12] on January 28, 2008

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Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 58
 
 
 
58%
49 7 2
  Nay 41
 
 
 
41%
1 40 0
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes

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.)