On the Cloture Motion H.R. 2847

Date:

Oct 13, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #320
111th Congress

Result:

Cloture Motion Rejected

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 H.R. 2847 (111th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 56
 
 
 
56%
54 0 2
  Nay 38
 
 
 
38%
1 37 0
Not Voting 6
 
 
 
6%
3 3 0
Required: 3/5

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.