On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H R 3309 To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for greater transparency and efficiency in the procedures followed by the Federal Communications Commission


Mar 27, 2012


House Vote #137
112th Congress





This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Greg Walden [R-OR2] on November 2, 2011, H.R. 3309 (112th): Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 184
1 183
  No 236
234 2
Not Voting 11
6 5
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.