TO AMEND S. 511 (12 STAT 731, APP. MAR. 3, 1863), A BILL PROVIDING FOR ENROLLING AND CALLING OUT THE NATIONAL FORCES AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES; WHICH AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO EXEMPT MEMBERS OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS AND STATE OFFICERS FROM MILITARY SERVICE. (P. 979-3)
Feb 16, 1863
Senate Vote #684
“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.