H.R. 2454 (111th): American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (On Passage of the Bill)

House Vote #477 [primary source: house.gov]
Jun 26, 2009 (111th Congress)

This was a vote to pass a bill.

H.R. 2454 (111th): American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
Introduced by Rep. Henry Waxman [D-CA33] on May 15, 2009

This is the so-called Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill and was considered more comprehensive and ambitious than both the Lieberman-Warner Bill and President Obama’s proposal. For more information, see Climate ... (read more)

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Aye 219
211 8
  No 212
43 169
Not Voting 3
1 2
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.