On the Cloture Motion S.Amdt. 1836 to H.R. 3606 (Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act of 2011)

Number:
Senate Vote #52 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Mar 20, 2012 (112th Congress)
Result:
Cloture Motion Rejected

This was a vote on “cloture”, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

Related Bill:
H.R. 3606 (112th): Jumpstart Our Business Startups
Introduced by Rep. Stephen Fincher [R-TN8] on December 8, 2011
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 55
 
 
 
55%
51 3 1
  Nay 44
 
 
 
44%
0 43 1
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes

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.)