TO AGREE TO THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON S. 5, GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE ACT, REQUIRING THAT ALL MEETINGS OF FEDERAL AGENCIES HEADED BY TWO OR MORE PERSONS BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Date:

Aug 31, 1976

Number:

House Vote #1126
94th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Lawton Chiles [D-FL, 1971-1988] on January 15, 1975, S. 5 (94th): Government in the Sunshine Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 384
 
 
89%
254 130
Not Voting 47
 
 
11%
32 15
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.