H.R. 4310 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

On the Conference Report in the Senate


Dec 21, 2012


Senate Vote #229
112th Congress


Conference Report Agreed to



This was a vote to pass H.R. 4310 (112th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 81
44 36 1
  Nay 14
6 7 1
Not Voting 4
0 4 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Whip’s Vote

Sen. Richard Durbin (D), the Majority Whip, voted Nay against his party.

Somtimes a party leader will vote on the winning side, even if it is against his or her position, to have the right to call for a new vote under a motion to reconsider. For more, see this explanation from The Washington Post.

We do not know the rationale behind any vote, however.

“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.