On the Amendment S.Amdt. 309 to S.Amdt. 98 to H.R. 1 (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009)

Date:

Feb 6, 2009

Number:

Senate Vote #51
111th Congress

Result:

Amendment Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to H.R. 1 (111th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 73
 
 
 
74%
34 39 0
  Nay 24
 
 
 
24%
22 0 2
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
1 1 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Whip/Majority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Richard Durbin (D), the Majority Whip, voted Nay against his party.

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