On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1406 to S.Amdt. 1373 to H.R. 2892 (Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010)

Number:
Senate Vote #222 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Jul 08, 2009 (111th Congress)
Result:
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

Bill:
H.R. 2892 (111th): Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010
Introduced by Rep. David Price [D-NC4] on June 16, 2009
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 37
 
 
 
37%
6 31 0
  Nay 61
 
 
 
61%
50 9 2
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
2 0 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

What’s the difference between “aye” and “yea”?

There is no meaningful difference between “aye” and “yea” (and “nay” and “no”), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure.

The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)