On the Amendment S.Amdt. 769 to S.Amdt. 738 to H.R. 2112 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012)

Date:

Oct 20, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #172
112th Congress

Result:

Amendment Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to H.R. 2112 (112th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 45
 
 
 
45%
28 16 1
  Nay 55
 
 
 
55%
23 31 1
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Whip/Minority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Richard Durbin (D), the Majority Whip, voted Nay against his party.

Sen. Harry Reid (D), the Minority Leader, voted Nay 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.