On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed S. 1038

Date:

May 23, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #75
112th Congress

Result:

Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote on “cloture”, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

The vote was related to S. 1038 (112th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 74
 
 
 
74%
41 32 1
  Nay 8
 
 
 
8%
4 3 1
Not Voting 18
 
 
 
18%
6 12 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.