On the Cloture Motion PN239: Fred P. Hochberg, of New York, to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term expiring January 20, 2017

Date:

Jul 17, 2013

Number:

Senate Vote #175
113th Congress

Result:

Cloture Motion Agreed to

Source:

senate.gov

This was a vote on “cloture”, which means to end debate so that an up-or-down vote can be taken. A vote in favor is a vote to end debate and move to a vote on the issue itself, while a vote against is a vote to prolong debate or to filibuster.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 82
 
 
 
82%
52 28 2
  Nay 18
 
 
 
18%
0 18 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Leader/Minority Whip’s Vote

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R), the Minority Leader, voted Nay against his party.

Sen. John Cornyn (R), the Minority Whip, voted Nay 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.