TO TABLE HELMS AMENDMENT TO H.R. 9005 WHICH WOULD BAR ASSISTANCE TO ANY COUNTRY WHICH HAS DETONATED A NUCLEAR EXPLOSIVE DEVICE WITHIN 5 YEARS OF THE TIME ASSISTANCE IS PROPOSED TO BE PROVIDED.

Number:
Senate Vote #466 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Nov 04, 1975 (94th Congress)
Result:
unknown
Related Bill:
H.R. 9005 (94th): International Development and Food Assistance Act
Introduced by Rep. Thomas Morgan [D-PA22, 1973-1976] on July 29, 1975
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent     Conservative
  Aye 62
 
 
 
 
62%
43 18 0 1
  Nay 28
 
 
 
 
28%
11 16 1 0
Not Voting 10
 
 
 
 
10%
7 3 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.)