Cloture on S. 649: Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013

On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed in the Senate


Apr 11, 2013


Senate Vote #95
113th Congress


Cloture on the Motion to Proceed Agreed to


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.

The vote was related to S. 649 (113th).

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 68
50 16 2
  Nay 31
2 29 0
Not Voting 1
1 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.