On the Amendment S.Amdt. 4406 to S.Amdt. 4387 to H.R. 3221 (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007)

Senate Vote #91 [primary source: senate.gov]
Apr 04, 2008 (110th Congress)
Amendment Agreed to

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

H.R. 3221 (110th): Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008
Introduced by Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D-CA12] on July 30, 2007
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 76
38 37 1
  Nay 2
0 2 0
Not Voting 22
12 9 1
Required: Simple Majority

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.)