S.Amdt. 3760 (Vitter) to S. 3217 (111th): To address availability of information concerning the meetings of the Federal Open Market ...

On the Amendment in the Senate

Date:

May 11, 2010

Number:

Senate Vote #138
111th Congress

Result:

Amendment Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to S. 3217 (111th), S.Amdt. 3760 (Vitter) to S. 3217 (111th): To address availability of information concerning the meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee, and for other purposes..

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 37
 
 
 
37%
6 30 1
  Nay 62
 
 
 
62%
50 11 1
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
1 0 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), the Minority Leader, voted Nay against his party.

Somtimes a party leader will vote on the winning side, even if it is against his or her position, to have the right to call for a new vote under a motion to reconsider. For more, see this explanation from The Washington Post.

We do not know the rationale behind any vote, however.

“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.