On the Amendment S.Amdt. 4429 to S.Amdt. 4419 to S.Amdt. 4387 to H.R. 3221

Date:

Apr 10, 2008

Number:

Senate Vote #94
110th Congress

Result:

Amendment Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to H.R. 3221 (110th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 15
 
 
 
15%
1 14 0
  Nay 79
 
 
 
79%
45 32 2
Not Voting 6
 
 
 
6%
4 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), the Minority Leader, voted Yea against his party.

Somtimes a party leader will vote on the winning side, even if it is against his or her position, to have the right to call for a new vote under a motion to reconsider. For more, see this explanation from The Washington Post.

We do not know the rationale behind any vote, however.

“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.