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

Number:
Senate Vote #187 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Oct 21, 2011 (112th Congress)
Result:
Cloture Motion Agreed to

This was a vote on “cloture”, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

Related Bill:
H.R. 2112 (112th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
Introduced by Rep. Jack Kingston [R-GA1] on June 3, 2011
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 82
 
 
 
82%
50 30 2
  Nay 16
 
 
 
16%
0 16 0
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
1 1 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes

What’s the difference between “aye” and “yea”?

There is no meaningful difference between “aye” and “yea” (and “nay” and “no”), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure.

The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)