On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 5019 Home Star Energy Retrofit Act


May 6, 2010


House Vote #254
111th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0] on April 14, 2010, H.R. 5019 (111th): Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 346
178 168
  Nay 68
67 1
Not Voting 16
8 8
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.