On Ordering the Previous Question: H RES 841 Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to H.J. Res. 66, approving the renewal of impact restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003; and providing for consideration of H.R. 6684, Spending Reduction Act of 2012


Dec 20, 2012


House Vote #639
112th Congress





Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 233
233 0
  Nay 184
1 183
Not Voting 14
6 8
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.