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

Date:

Feb 26, 2013

Number:

Senate Vote #24
113th Congress

Result:

Nomination Confirmed

Source:

senate.gov

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 58
 
 
 
58%
52 4 2
  Nay 41
 
 
 
41%
0 41 0
Not Voting 1
 
 
 
1%
1 0 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.