On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to S. 990 with Amdt. No. 347)

Number:
Senate Vote #84 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
May 26, 2011 (112th Congress)
Result:
Motion Agreed to

This was a procedural vote.

Related Bill:
S. 990 (112th): PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
Introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA] on May 12, 2011
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 72
 
 
 
72%
30 41 1
  Nay 23
 
 
 
23%
18 4 1
Not Voting 5
 
 
 
5%
3 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

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.)