H.R. 1954 (112th): To implement the President’s request to increase the statutory limit on the public debt.

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House

Date:

May 31, 2011

Number:

House Vote #379
112th Congress

Result:

Failed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1954 (112th). It was taken under a procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 97
 
 
23%
0 97
  Nay 318
 
 
74%
236 82
Present 7
 
 
2%
0 7
Not Voting 9
 
 
2%
3 6
Required: 2/3

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.