H.Res. 691 (111th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2749) to ... (On the Resolution)

Number:
House Vote #677 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Jul 30, 2009 (111th Congress)
Result:
Passed

This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 691 (111th). This resolution sets the rules for debate for another bill, such as limiting who can submit an amendment and setting floor debate time.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 249
 
 
58%
242 7
  Nay 180
 
 
42%
10 170
Not Voting 4
 
 
1%
2 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.