On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H J RES 44 Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2011


Mar 1, 2011


House Vote #153
112th Congress





This vote was related to a resolution introduced by Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5] on February 28, 2011, H.J.Res. 44 (112th): Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 176
0 176
  Nay 249
236 13
Not Voting 7
4 3
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.