On Ordering the Previous Question: H RES 547 Providing for consideration of H.R. 3408, to set clear rules for the development of U.S. oil shale resources and promote shale technology research and development; consideration of H.R. 3813, to secure the annuities of Federal employees; and consideration of H.R. 7, to authorize funds for transportation safety programs


Feb 15, 2012


House Vote #50
112th Congress





Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 229
227 2
  Nay 181
0 181
Not Voting 23
14 9
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.