On the Cloture Motion PN1400: Darrin P. Gayles, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida

Date:

Jun 16, 2014

Number:

Senate Vote #194
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 55
 
 
 
55%
51 2 2
  Nay 37
 
 
 
37%
0 37 0
Not Voting 8
 
 
 
8%
2 6 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.