S.Amdt. 1774 (Sanders) to H.R. 1911: To provide a sunset date.

On the Amendment in the Senate


Jul 24, 2013


Senate Vote #184
113th Congress


Amendment Rejected



This was a vote to approve or reject amendment S.Amdt. 1774 (113th) to H.R. 1911 (113th). The title of the amendment is S.Amdt. 1774 (Sanders) to H.R. 1911: To provide a sunset date..

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 34
33 0 1
  Nay 65
18 46 1
Not Voting 1
1 0 0
Required: 3/5

Vote Details

Notes: Majority Whip’s Vote

Sen. Richard Durbin (D), the Majority 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.