On the Amendment S.Amdt. 2771 to S. 3326 (No short title on file)

Senate Vote #188 [primary source: senate.gov]
Aug 02, 2012 (112th Congress)
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

S. 3326 (112th): A bill to amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to extend the third-country fabric program and to add South Sudan to the list of countries eligible for designation under that Act, to make technical corrections to the Harmonized Tar
Introduced by Sen. Max Baucus [D-MT, 1978-2014] on June 21, 2012
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 40
3 37 0
  Nay 58
48 8 2
Not Voting 2
0 2 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details


What’s the difference between “aye” and “yea”?

There is no meaningful difference between “aye” and “yea” (and “nay” and “no”), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure.

The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)