On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 599 to H.R. 1249 (Leahy-Smith America Invents Act)

Date:

Sep 8, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #128
112th Congress

Result:

Motion to Table Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX21] on March 30, 2011, H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 50
 
 
 
50%
39 9 2
  Nay 48
 
 
 
48%
11 37 0
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
1 1 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.