TO PASS H.R. 8860.


Jul 19, 1973


House Vote #259
93rd Congress




Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. William Poage [D-TX11, 1961-1978] on June 20, 1973, H.R. 8860 (93rd): Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Ind. Democrat
  Yea 232
144 88 0
  Nay 189
90 98 1
Not Voting 18
11 7 0
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
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. (See House Rules, Rule I(7).)
“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.