On the Motion (Motion to invoke cloture on the Baucus Amdt. No. 2712 to H.R. 3548.)

Date:

Nov 2, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #332
111th Congress

Result:

Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 85
 
 
 
85%
55 28 2
  Nay 2
 
 
 
2%
0 2 0
Not Voting 13
 
 
 
13%
3 10 0
Required: 3/5

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.