On the Amendment S.Amdt. 1430 to S.Amdt. 1373 to H.R. 2892 (Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010)

Date:

Jul 9, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #228
111th Congress

Result:

Amendment Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to H.R. 2892 (111th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 32
 
 
 
32%
28 3 1
  Nay 58
 
 
 
58%
23 34 1
Not Voting 10
 
 
 
10%
7 3 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Leader’s Vote

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.