On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 1249 To amend title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform


Jun 23, 2011


House Vote #490
112th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21] on March 30, 2011, H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 172
1 171
  No 251
234 17
Not Voting 8
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.