H.Amdt. 413 (Amash) to H.R. 2397: Amendment sought to end authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot ...

On the Amendment in the House

Number:
House Vote #412 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Jul 24, 2013 (113th Congress)
Result:
Failed

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

Bill:
H.R. 2397: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014
Amendment:
H.Amdt. 413 (Amash) to H.R. 2397: Amendment sought to end authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. The amendment also sought to bar the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, incl
Offered by Rep. Justin Amash [R-MI3] on July 24, 2013
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 205
 
 
47%
94 111
  No 217
 
 
50%
134 83
Not Voting 12
 
 
3%
6 6
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

Where is the Speaker’s vote?

According to current House rules, 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.

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.)