ON PASSAGE S. 169.

Number:
Senate Vote #230 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Aug 13, 1850 (31st Congress)
Result:
unknown
Totals     Democrat     Whig     Free Soil     Ind. Republican-Democrat
  Aye 34
 
 
 
 
57%
17 15 2 0
  Nay 18
 
 
 
 
30%
14 3 0 1
Not Voting 8
 
 
 
 
13%
2 6 0 0
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.