On the Amendment S.Amdt. 277 to S. 493 (SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011)

Senate Vote #52 [primary source: senate.gov]
Apr 06, 2011 (112th Congress)
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

S. 493 (112th): SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011
Introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA] on March 4, 2011
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 7
7 0 0
  Nay 93
44 47 2
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.