On the Nomination PN31: Derrick Kahala Watson, of Hawaii, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii

Date:

Apr 18, 2013

Number:

Senate Vote #106
113th Congress

Result:

Nomination Confirmed

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 94
 
 
 
94%
49 43 2
  Nay 0
 
 
 
0%
0 0 0
Not Voting 6
 
 
 
6%
4 2 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.