On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 2549 to H.R. 2996 (Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010)

Date:

Sep 24, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #295
111th Congress

Result:

Motion to Table Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 57
 
 
 
58%
54 1 2
  Nay 41
 
 
 
41%
2 39 0
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
1 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.