H.Amdt. 34 (Grijalva) to H.Con.Res. 25: Amendment in the nature of a substitute numbered 3 printed in House Report 113-21 ...

On the Amendment in the House

Number:
House Vote #85 [primary source: house.gov]
Date:
Mar 20, 2013 (113th Congress)
Result:
Failed

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

Resolution:
H.Con.Res. 25: Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2014 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2015 through 2023.
Amendment:
H.Amdt. 34 (Grijalva) to H.Con.Res. 25: Amendment in the nature of a substitute numbered 3 printed in House Report 113-21 and offered as the Congressional Progressive Caucus proposal.
Offered by Rep. Raúl Grijalva [D-AZ3] on March 20, 2013
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 84
 
 
19%
0 84
  No 327
 
 
76%
225 102
Present 1
 
 
0%
0 1
Not Voting 19
 
 
4%
6 13
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.)