S.Res. 15: A resolution to improve procedures for the consideration of legislation and nominations in the Senate.

On the Resolution in the Senate

Number:
Senate Vote #1 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
Jan 24, 2013 (113th Congress)
Result:
Resolution Agreed to

This was a vote to agree to a resolution.

Resolution:
S.Res. 15: A resolution to improve procedures for the consideration of legislation and nominations in the Senate.
Introduced by Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV] on January 24, 2013
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 78
 
 
 
78%
52 25 1
  Nay 16
 
 
 
16%
0 15 1
Not Voting 6
 
 
 
6%
1 5 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.)