On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 358 To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services under such Act

Date:

Oct 13, 2011

Number:

House Vote #788
112th Congress

Result:

Failed

Source:

house.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Joseph Pitts [R-PA16] on January 20, 2011, H.R. 358 (112th): Protect Life Act.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 173
 
 
40%
0 173
  Nay 249
 
 
58%
237 12
Not Voting 11
 
 
3%
4 7
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”?

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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.

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