On the Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on H.R. 3548)

Date:

Nov 4, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #333
111th Congress

Result:

Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott [D-WA7] on September 10, 2009, H.R. 3548 (111th): Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 97
 
 
 
97%
56 39 2
  Nay 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
2 0 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.