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On Approving the Journal

This was a procedural vote. The House is required to approve its previous day’s journal of activities each day, but the journal is never the true subject of these votes. Because the journal is routinely approved, representatives use these votes to appear to be voting for or against their party, whichever is more politically useful, in aggregate vote statistics, knowing that their vote here does not truly matter. These votes may also be used by the majority party to get representatives to the floor or to conduct an informal tally about their position on another matter. That other matter is not made known to the general public.

115th Congress
Jan 10, 2017

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Key: R Yea D Yea R Nay D Nay
Seat position based on our ideology score.
This is a cartogram. Each hexagon represents one congressional district.
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Yea 248
155 93
  Nay 162
77 85
Present 3
1 2
Not Voting 21
7 14
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Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote? “Aye” or “Yea”?
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Statistically Notable Votes

Statistically notable votes are the votes that are most surprising, or least predictable, given how other members of each voter’s party voted and other factors.

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