H.R. 4 (112th): Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act of 2011

On Passage of the Bill in the Senate

Date:

Apr 5, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #49
112th Congress

Result:

Bill Passed

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4 (112th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 87
 
 
 
87%
40 46 1
  Nay 12
 
 
 
12%
11 0 1
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
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.