On the Motion (Motion to Waive Sec. 302(F) of CBA Ensign Amdt. No. 2648 as modified.)


Nov 5, 2009


Senate Vote #339
111th Congress


Motion Rejected



This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Alan Mollohan [D-WV1, 1983-2010] on June 12, 2009, H.R. 2847 (111th): Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 32
8 24 0
  Nay 67
49 16 2
Not Voting 1
1 0 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Harry Reid (D), the Majority Leader, voted Yea 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.