H.Res. 347 (112th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2018) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to ...

On the Resolution in the House

Date:

Jul 13, 2011

Number:

House Vote #564
112th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 347 (112th). This resolution sets the rules for debate for another bill, such as limiting who can submit an amendment and setting floor debate time.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 250
 
 
58%
238 12
  Nay 171
 
 
40%
0 171
Not Voting 10
 
 
2%
1 9
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.