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

Date:

May 21, 2013

Number:

Senate Vote #131
113th Congress

Result:

Amendment Rejected

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject amendment S.Amdt. 931 (113th) to S. 954 (113th). The title of the amendment is 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..

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: Minority Leader’s Vote

Sen. Harry Reid (D), the Minority Leader, voted Yea against his party.

Somtimes a party leader will vote on the winning side, even if it is against his or her position, to have the right to call for a new vote under a motion to reconsider. For more, see this explanation from The Washington Post.

We do not know the rationale behind any vote, however.

“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.