H.Res. 706 (112th): Authorizing the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce ...

On the Resolution in the House

Date:

Jun 28, 2012

Number:

House Vote #442
112th Congress

Result:

Passed

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 706 (112th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 258
 
 
60%
237 21
  Nay 95
 
 
22%
0 95
Present 5
 
 
1%
0 5
Not Voting 74
 
 
17%
4 70
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.