H.R. 5325 (111th): America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House

Date:

May 19, 2010

Number:

House Vote #277
111th Congress

Result:

Failed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to pass H.R. 5325 (111th). 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.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 261
 
 
61%
246 15
  Nay 148
 
 
34%
0 148
Not Voting 22
 
 
5%
8 14
Required: 2/3

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.