H.Con.Res. 321 (111th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of ... (On the Resolution)

Number:
Senate Vote #248 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Sep 29, 2010 (111th Congress)
Result:
Resolution Agreed to

This was a vote to agree to a resolution.

Resolution:
H.Con.Res. 321 (111th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate.
Introduced by Rep. Michael Arcuri [D-NY24, 2007-2010] on September 29, 2010
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 54
 
 
 
54%
52 1 1
  Nay 39
 
 
 
39%
2 37 0
Not Voting 7
 
 
 
7%
3 3 1
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

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.)