On the Motion to Proceed S. 953

Date:

May 18, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #73
112th Congress

Result:

Motion to Proceed Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY] on May 11, 2011, S. 953 (112th): Offshore Production and Safety Act of 2011.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 42
 
 
 
42%
0 42 0
  Nay 57
 
 
 
57%
50 5 2
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
1 0 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.