Totals     Democrat     Whig     Free Soil     Ind. Republican-Democrat
  Yea 30
 
 
 
 
50%
16 14 0 0
  Nay 20
 
 
 
 
33%
12 6 2 0
Not Voting 10
 
 
 
 
17%
5 4 0 1
Required: unknown

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.