On the Motion (Motion to Waive All Applicable Points of Order Under Rule 44 on Conference Report on H.R. 2346)

Date:

Jun 18, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #209
111th Congress

Result:

Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 60
 
 
 
61%
54 4 2
  Nay 36
 
 
 
36%
1 35 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.