H.R. 5854 (112th): Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013

On Passage of the Bill in the House


May 31, 2012


House Vote #305
112th Congress





This was a vote to pass H.R. 5854 (112th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 407
226 181
  Nay 12
8 4
Not Voting 12
7 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.