On the Amendment S.Amdt. 2403 to H.R. 3288 (Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010)

Senate Vote #285 [primary source: senate.gov]
Sep 17, 2009 (111th Congress)
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to H.R. 3288 (111th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 37
3 34 0
  Nay 60
52 6 2
Not Voting 2
2 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.