On Agreeing to the Amendment: Amendment 39 to H R 5856

Date:

Jul 19, 2012

Number:

House Vote #487
112th Congress

Result:

Agreed to

Source:

house.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment to H.R. 5856 (112th).

Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 247
 
 
57%
230 17
  No 166
 
 
39%
5 161
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.