On the Amendment S.Amdt. 595 to H.R. 1249 (Leahy-Smith America Invents Act)

Date:

Sep 8, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #127
112th Congress

Result:

Amendment Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

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

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 13
 
 
 
13%
6 7 0
  Nay 85
 
 
 
85%
44 39 2
Present 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
1 0 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: “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.