On the Amendment S.Amdt. 800 to S.Amdt. 738 to H.R. 2112 (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012)

Date:

Nov 1, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #189
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 13
 
 
 
13%
0 13 0
  Nay 85
 
 
 
85%
51 32 2
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
0 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Whip’s Vote

Sen. John Cornyn (R), the Minority 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.