TO PASS H. RES. 503, PROVIDING THAT THE SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 208 TO THE AGRICULTURAL APPROPRIATION BILL, H.R. 18329, WHICH AMENDMENT PROVIDES THAT PARAGRAPH 234, THE REVENUE ACT OF JULY 24, 1897, PROVIDING FOR A DUTY ON INPORTED WHEAT AND A DRAWBACK, SHALL NOT BE HELD EFFECTIVE BY THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 30 OF H.R. 18329, INFRINGES THE CONSTITUTIONAL PRIVILEGES OF THE HOUSE AND THAT SAID AMENDMENT BE RETURNED TO THE SENATE WITH THIS RESOLUTION. (P. 273-1)

Number:
House Vote #77 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Feb 16, 1905 (58th Congress)
Result:
unknown
Totals     Republican     Democrat     Ind. Republican
  Aye 263
 
 
 
68%
134 127 2
  Nay 5
 
 
 
1%
5 0 0
Present 3
 
 
 
1%
2 1 0
Not Voting 113
 
 
 
29%
65 47 1
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes

Where is the Speaker’s vote?

According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, except when such vote would be decisive.” In practice, this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes and only does so when it is politically useful. When the Speaker declines to vote, he or she is simply omitted from the roll call by the House Clerk.

What’s the difference between “aye” and “yea”?

There is no meaningful difference between “aye” and “yea” (and “nay” and “no”), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure.

The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)