S.Amdt. 964 by Sen. DeMint [R-SC, 2005-2013]: To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to protect small and home businesses from ...

On the Amendment in the Senate

Date:

Apr 2, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #151
111th Congress

Result:

Amendment Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to S.Con.Res. 13 (111th), S.Amdt. 964 by Sen. DeMint [R-SC, 2005-2013]: To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to protect small and home businesses from the burdensome and impractical requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008..

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 39
 
 
 
39%
5 34 0
  Nay 58
 
 
 
59%
50 6 2
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
2 0 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Whip’s Vote

Sen. John Cornyn (R), the Minority Whip, voted Nay against his party.

Somtimes a party leader will vote on the winning side, even if it is against his or her position, to have the right to call for a new vote under a motion to reconsider. For more, see this explanation from The Washington Post.

We do not know the rationale behind any vote, however.

“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.