On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 839 The HAMP Termination Act of 2011

Date:

Mar 29, 2011

Number:

House Vote #197
112th Congress

Result:

Failed

Source:

house.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Patrick McHenry [R-NC10] on February 28, 2011, H.R. 839 (112th): HAMP Termination Act of 2011.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 185
 
 
43%
1 184
  Nay 238
 
 
55%
235 3
Present 1
 
 
0%
0 1
Not Voting 8
 
 
2%
4 4
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.