On the Motion (Johanns Motion to Instruct Conferees Re: S. Con. Res. 13)

Date:

Apr 23, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #164
111th Congress

Result:

Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 66
 
 
 
67%
28 38 0
  Nay 28
 
 
 
28%
26 0 2
Not Voting 5
 
 
 
5%
3 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Whip/Majority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Richard Durbin (D), the Majority Whip, voted Nay against his party.

Sen. Harry Reid (D), the Majority Leader, 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.