On the Cloture Motion S.Amdt. 1347 to S. 1023 (Travel Promotion Act of 2009)

Date:

Sep 8, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #271
111th Congress

Result:

Cloture Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote on “cloture”, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

The vote was related to S. 1023 (111th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 80
 
 
 
81%
57 21 2
  Nay 19
 
 
 
19%
0 19 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Whip/Minority Leader’s Vote

Sen. John Cornyn (R), the Minority Whip, voted Nay against his party.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), the Minority 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.