On Barrow Motion to Instruct Conferees: H R 4348 To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, and for other purposes

Date:

May 18, 2012

Number:

House Vote #292
112th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. John Mica [R-FL7] on April 16, 2012, H.R. 4348 (112th): MAP-21.

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 261
 
 
61%
235 26
  Nay 152
 
 
35%
1 151
Not Voting 18
 
 
4%
5 13
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.