On the Nomination PN50: David Medine, of Maryland, to be Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2018

Date:

May 7, 2013

Number:

Senate Vote #114
113th Congress

Result:

Nomination Confirmed

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 53
 
 
 
53%
51 0 2
  Nay 45
 
 
 
45%
0 45 0
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
2 0 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.