H.R. 4667 (111th): Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010 (On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass)

Number:
House Vote #171 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Mar 22, 2010 (111th Congress)
Result:
Passed

This was a vote to pass a bill or agree to a resolution. It was taken under a procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

Bill:
H.R. 4667 (111th): Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2010
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Perriello [D-VA5, 2009-2010] on February 23, 2010
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 407
 
 
95%
240 167
  Nay 0
 
 
0%
0 0
Not Voting 22
 
 
5%
12 10
Required: 2/3

Vote Details

Notes

Where is the Speaker’s vote?

According to current House rules, 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.

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.)