On the Amendment S.Amdt. 986 to S. 386 (FERA)

Date:

Apr 23, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #162
111th Congress

Result:

Amendment Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to S. 386 (111th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 31
 
 
 
31%
2 29 0
  Nay 61
 
 
 
62%
51 9 1
Not Voting 7
 
 
 
7%
4 2 1
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: “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.