On the Motion to Proceed S. 940

Date:

May 17, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #72
112th Congress

Result:

Motion to Proceed Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Robert “Bob” Menéndez [D-NJ] on May 10, 2011, S. 940 (112th): Close Big Oil Tax Loopholes Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 52
 
 
 
52%
48 2 2
  Nay 48
 
 
 
48%
3 45 0
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.