H.J.Res. 45 (111th): Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (On the Joint Resolution)

Senate Vote #14 [primary source: senate.gov]
Jan 28, 2010 (111th Congress)
Joint Resolution Passed

This was a vote to agree to a resolution.

H.J.Res. 45 (111th): Increasing the statutory limit on the public debt.
Introduced by None on April 29, 2009
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 60
58 0 2
  Nay 39
0 39 0
Not Voting 1
0 1 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details


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.)