On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 3606 To increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies


Mar 8, 2012


House Vote #109
112th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Stephen Fincher [R-TN8] on December 8, 2011, H.R. 3606 (112th): Jumpstart Our Business Startups.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 170
1 169
  No 244
232 12
Not Voting 18
8 10
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
The Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, except when such vote would be decisive.” In practice, this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes and only does so when it is politically useful. When the Speaker declines to vote, he or she is simply omitted from the roll call by the House Clerk. (See House Rules, Rule I(7).)
“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.