On the Motion to Table S.Amdt. 9 to H.R. 325 (No short title on file)


Jan 31, 2013


Senate Vote #9
113th Congress


Motion to Table Agreed to



This vote was related to an amendment by to a bill introduced by Rep. Dave Camp [R-MI4, 1993-2014] on January 21, 2013, H.R. 325: No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 79
51 26 2
  Nay 19
0 19 0
Not Voting 2
2 0 0
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes: Minority Whip’s Vote

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.