On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 568 to H.R. 2055 (Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012)


Jul 20, 2011


Senate Vote #113
112th Congress


Motion to Table Agreed to



This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. John Culberson [R-TX7] on May 31, 2011, H.R. 2055 (112th): Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 69
51 16 2
  Nay 30
0 30 0
Not Voting 1
0 1 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Whip’s Vote

Sen. John Cornyn (R), the Minority Whip, voted Yea against his party.

Somtimes a party leader will vote on the winning side, even if it is against his or her position, to have the right to call for a new vote under a motion to reconsider. For more, see this explanation from The Washington Post.

We do not know the rationale behind any vote, however.

“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.