On the Motion to Table S. 1038

Date:

May 24, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #76
112th Congress

Result:

Motion to Table Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV] on May 19, 2011, S. 1038 (112th): PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 74
 
 
 
74%
34 40 0
  Nay 13
 
 
 
13%
9 3 1
Present 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
Not Voting 12
 
 
 
12%
8 3 1
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.