H.Res. 711 (112th): Recommending that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, ...

On the Resolution in the House

Date:

Jun 28, 2012

Number:

House Vote #441
112th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 711 (112th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 255
 
 
59%
238 17
  No 67
 
 
16%
2 65
Present 1
 
 
0%
0 1
Not Voting 109
 
 
25%
1 108
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.