On the Motion (Motion to Instruct the Sergeant at Arms)

Date:

Apr 26, 2010

Number:

Senate Vote #125
111th Congress

Result:

Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 50
 
 
 
50%
48 1 1
  Nay 31
 
 
 
31%
0 31 0
Not Voting 19
 
 
 
19%
9 9 1
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: “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.