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

Date:

Dec 23, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #394
111th Congress

Result:

Amendment Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to H.R. 3590 (111th).

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

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.