On Motion to Reconsider: H R 2847 Making Appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes

Date:

Jun 18, 2009

Number:

House Vote #399
111th Congress

Result:

Failed

Source:

house.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Alan Mollohan [D-WV1, 1983-2010] on June 12, 2009, H.R. 2847 (111th): Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Aye 165
 
 
38%
5 160
  No 245
 
 
57%
235 10
Not Voting 23
 
 
5%
14 9
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
The Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, except when such vote would be decisive.” In practice, this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes and only does so when it is politically useful. When the Speaker declines to vote, he or she is simply omitted from the roll call by the House Clerk. (See House Rules, Rule I(7).)
“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.