On Ordering the Previous Question: H RES 1164 Raising a question of the privileges of the House

Date:

Mar 11, 2010

Number:

House Vote #106
111th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This vote was related to a resolution introduced by Rep. John Boehner [R-OH8] on March 11, 2010, H.Res. 1164 (111th): Raising a question of the privileges of the House..

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Aye 404
 
 
94%
244 160
  No 2
 
 
0%
0 2
Present 15
 
 
3%
6 9
Not Voting 9
 
 
2%
2 7
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
The Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, except when such vote would be decisive.” In practice, this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes and only does so when it is politically useful. When the Speaker declines to vote, he or she is simply omitted from the roll call by the House Clerk. (See House Rules, Rule I(7).)
“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.