ON ORDERING ENGROSSMENT AND 3RD READING OF THE BILL S. 23. (P. 1630-2)

Date:

Aug 23, 1850

Number:

Senate Vote #246
31st Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

Totals     Democrat     Whig     Free Soil     Ind. Republican-Democrat
  Yea 27
 
 
 
 
46%
18 9 0 0
  Nay 12
 
 
 
 
20%
3 8 1 0
Not Voting 20
 
 
 
 
34%
11 7 1 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.