TO AMEND S. 502, PROPOSED FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAY ACT OF 1973, BY AUTHORIZING $800 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR OPERATING FUNDS FOR MASS TRANSIT FOR 2 YEARS, AND BY AUTHORIZING AN ADDITIONAL $3 BILLION IN CONTRACT AUTHORITY THROUGH FISCAL YEAR 1977 FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS.

Number:
Senate Vote #32 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Mar 14, 1973 (93rd Congress)
Result:
unknown
Related Bill:
S. 502 (93rd): Federal-Aid Highway Act
Introduced by Sen. Lloyd Bentsen [D-TX, 1971-1993] on January 23, 1973
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Conservative     Independent
  Aye 59
 
 
 
 
59%
43 15 0 1
  Nay 36
 
 
 
 
36%
9 26 1 0
Not Voting 5
 
 
 
 
5%
4 1 0 0
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes

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.)