On the Nomination (Confirmation William Joseph Baer, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General)

Senate Vote #249 [primary source: senate.gov]
Dec 30, 2012 (112th Congress)
Nomination Confirmed
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 64
48 14 2
  Nay 26
0 26 0
Not Voting 10
3 7 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: “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.