TO PASS H.R. 6461, A BILL TO AMEND CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934 IN ORDER TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM FINANCING FOR THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING.

Date:

Nov 10, 1975

Number:

House Vote #508
94th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Torbert Macdonald [D-MA7, 1963-1976] on April 29, 1975, H.R. 6461 (94th): Public Broadcasting Financing Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Unknown
  Yea 336
 
 
 
78%
235 100 1
  Nay 26
 
 
 
6%
6 20 0
Not Voting 71
 
 
 
16%
46 25 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.