On Motion to Instruct Conferees: H R 2892 Making appropriations for Homeland Security FY 2010


Oct 1, 2009


House Vote #746
111th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. David Price [D-NC4] on June 16, 2009, H.R. 2892 (111th): Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 258
87 171
  Nay 163
162 1
Not Voting 11
5 6
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.