On Motion to Table: H RES 504 Resolution raising a question of the privileges of the House


Dec 20, 2011


House Vote #947
112th Congress





This vote was related to a resolution introduced by Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4] on December 20, 2011, H.Res. 504 (112th): Raising a question of the privileges of the House..

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 231
231 0
  Nay 188
3 185
Not Voting 14
7 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”?

“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.