TO AMEND H.R. 3858 BY MAKING THE DEATH PENALTY DISCRETIONARY RATHER THAN MANDATORY IN CERTAIN CASES.

Date:

Mar 13, 1974

Number:

House Vote #593
93rd Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Harley Staggers [D-WV2, 1961-1980] on February 6, 1973, H.R. 3858 (93rd): Anti-Hijacking Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Ind. Democrat
  Yea 162
 
 
 
38%
117 44 1
  Nay 239
 
 
 
55%
107 132 0
Present 2
 
 
 
0%
1 1 0
Not Voting 29
 
 
 
7%
18 11 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.