Table Appeal of the Ruling of the Chair: H R 4213 Tax Extenders Act of 2009

Date:

Dec 9, 2009

Number:

House Vote #942
111th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 251
 
 
58%
249 2
  Nay 172
 
 
40%
1 171
Not Voting 11
 
 
3%
6 5
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.