On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 1 Making appropriations for the Department of Defense and the other departments and agencies of the Government for the fisal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes


Feb 19, 2011


House Vote #146
112th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5] on February 11, 2011, H.R. 1 (112th): Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 186
0 186
  No 238
238 0
Not Voting 9
2 7
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
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. (See House Rules, Rule I(7).)
“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.