On the Nomination PN413: Penny Pritzker, of Illinois, to be Secretary of Commerce

Date:

Jun 25, 2013

Number:

Senate Vote #161
113th Congress

Result:

Nomination Confirmed

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote to approve or reject an amendment.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 97
 
 
 
97%
51 45 1
  Nay 1
 
 
 
1%
0 0 1
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
1 1 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.