On the Cloture Motion S. 990

Date:

May 26, 2011

Number:

Senate Vote #81
112th Congress

Result:

Cloture Motion 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. 990 (112th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 79
 
 
 
79%
36 42 1
  Nay 18
 
 
 
18%
13 4 1
Not Voting 3
 
 
 
3%
2 1 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.