On the Motion to Table S. 493

Senate Vote #50 [primary source: senate.gov]
Apr 05, 2011 (112th Congress)
Motion to Table Agreed to

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA] on March 4, 2011, S. 493 (112th): SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 90
51 37 2
  Nay 10
0 10 0
Required: Simple Majority

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.