On the Motion to Proceed S. 1917

Date:

Dec 1, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #219
112th Congress

Result:

Motion to Proceed Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Robert “Bob” Casey [D-PA] on November 28, 2011, S. 1917 (112th): Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2011.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 51
 
 
 
51%
49 1 1
  Nay 49
 
 
 
49%
2 46 1
Required: 3/5

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.