TO PASS S. 4164.


Aug 28, 1940


Senate Vote #242
76th Congress




Professor Keith Poole

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent     Farmer-Labor     Progressive
  Yea 61
50 11 0 0 0
  Nay 34
18 13 1 1 1
Not Voting 1
1 0 0 0 0
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes: Accuracy of Historical Records

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“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.