S.Amdt. 931 (Gillibrand) to S. 954: To strike a reduction in the supplemental nutrition assistance program, with an offset that ...

On the Amendment in the Senate

Number:
Senate Vote #131 [primary source: senate.gov]
Date:
May 21, 2013 (113th Congress)
Result:
Amendment Rejected

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

Bill:
S. 954: Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013
Amendment:
S.Amdt. 931 (Gillibrand) to S. 954: To strike a reduction in the supplemental nutrition assistance program, with an offset that limits crop insurance reimbursements to providers.
Offered by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] on May 20, 2013
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 26
 
 
 
26%
24 0 2
  Nay 70
 
 
 
70%
28 42 0
Not Voting 4
 
 
 
4%
1 3 0
Required: Simple Majority

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.)