On the Cloture Motion PN34: Charles Timothy Hagel, of Nebraska, to be Secretary of Defense

Date:

Feb 26, 2013

Number:

Senate Vote #23
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 71
 
 
 
71%
51 18 2
  Nay 27
 
 
 
27%
0 27 0
Not Voting 2
 
 
 
2%
2 0 0
Required: 3/5

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.