H.R. 2480 (112th): Administrative Conference of the United States Reauthorization Act of 2011

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

Date:

Aug 1, 2011

Number:

House Vote #691
112th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to pass H.R. 2480 (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 382
 
 
88%
201 181
  Nay 23
 
 
5%
23 0
Not Voting 27
 
 
6%
15 12
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.