On the Amendment S.Amdt. 600 to H.R. 1249 (Leahy-Smith America Invents Act)


Sep 8, 2011


Senate Vote #126
112th Congress


Amendment Rejected



This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to H.R. 1249 (112th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 47
11 36 0
  Nay 51
39 10 2
Not Voting 2
1 1 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Whip’s Vote

Sen. Richard Durbin (D), the Majority 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.