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


May 26, 2011


Senate Vote #84
112th Congress


Motion Agreed to



This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Mary Landrieu [D-LA, 1997-2014] on May 12, 2011, S. 990 (112th): PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 72
30 41 1
  Nay 23
18 4 1
Not Voting 5
3 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Whip’s Vote

Sen. Richard Durbin (D), the Majority Whip, voted Nay against his party.

Somtimes a party leader will vote on the winning side, even if it is against his or her position, to have the right to call for a new vote under a motion to reconsider. For more, see this explanation from The Washington Post.

We do not know the rationale behind any vote, however.

“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.