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On Approving the Journal

Mar 28, 2019 at 10:59 a.m. ET.

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.

Totals

All Votes D R
Yea 55%
 
 
216
171
 
45
 
Nay 45%
 
 
179
51
 
128
 
Present
 
 
1
1
 
0
 
Not Voting
 
 
35
11
 
24
 

Passed. Simple Majority Required. Source: house.gov.

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