On the Point of Order S.Amdt. 2786 to H.R. 3590 (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)

Number:
Senate Vote #392 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Dec 23, 2009 (111th Congress)
Result:
Point of Order Not Well Taken

This was a procedural vote.

Related Bill:
H.R. 3590 (111th): Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Introduced by Rep. Charles “Charlie” Rangel [D-NY13] on September 17, 2009

This is the Senate's health care bill. The bill started off with text regarding an unrelated matter but the Senate is co-opted this bill as a vehicle for passage of ... (read more)

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 39
 
 
 
39%
0 39 0
  Nay 60
 
 
 
60%
58 0 2
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

What’s the difference between “aye” and “yea”?

There is no meaningful difference between “aye” and “yea” (and “nay” and “no”), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure.

The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)