H.R. 3309 (112th): Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012

On Passage of the Bill in the House

Date:

Mar 27, 2012

Number:

House Vote #138
112th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3309 (112th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 247
 
 
57%
235 12
  No 174
 
 
40%
0 174
Not Voting 10
 
 
2%
6 4
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.