On Agreeing to the Amendment: Amendment 17 to H R 5850

Number:
House Vote #493 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Jul 29, 2010 (111th Congress)
Result:
Failed

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

Bill:
H.R. 5850 (111th): Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011
Introduced by Rep. John Olver [D-MA1, 1991-2013] on July 26, 2010
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Aye 159
 
 
36%
7 152
  No 265
 
 
61%
250 15
Not Voting 14
 
 
3%
3 11
Required: Simple Majority

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.)