On the Motion to Proceed S.Con.Res. 21

Senate Vote #79 [primary source: senate.gov]
May 25, 2011 (112th Congress)
Motion to Proceed Rejected

This was a procedural vote.

Related Resolution:
S.Con.Res. 21 (112th): A concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021.
Introduced by Sen. Patrick “Pat” Toomey [R-PA] on May 23, 2011
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 42
0 42 0
  Nay 55
50 3 2
Not Voting 3
1 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details


What’s the difference between “aye” and “yea”?

There is no meaningful difference between “aye” and “yea” (and “nay” and “no”), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure.

The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)