On the Nomination (Confirmation Kathleen Sebelius, of Kansas, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services)

Date:

Apr 28, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #172
111th Congress

Result:

Nomination Confirmed

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 65
 
 
 
66%
55 8 2
  Nay 31
 
 
 
31%
0 31 0
Not Voting 3
 
 
 
3%
2 1 0
Required: 3/5

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.