On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1043 to S.Amdt. 1038 to S.Amdt. 1018 to S. 896

Date:

May 5, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #180
111th Congress

Result:

Amendment Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to S. 896 (111th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 96
 
 
 
97%
54 40 2
  Nay 0
 
 
 
0%
0 0 0
Not Voting 3
 
 
 
3%
3 0 0
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.