TO AGREE TO H. RES. 1520, THE RULE TO CONSIDER S. 2371, TO PROVIDE FOR THE REGULATION OF MINING ACTIVITY WITHIN, AND TO REPEAL THE APPLICATION OF MINING LAWS TO, AREAS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM.

Number:
House Vote #1162 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Sep 19, 1976 (94th Congress)
Result:
unknown
Related Resolution:
H.Res. 1520 (94th): A resolution providing for the consideration of S. 2371. An act to provide for the regulation of mining activity within, and to repeal the application of mining laws to, areas of the nation park system.
Introduced by Rep. John Moakley [D-MA9, 1973-2001] on September 2, 1976
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Aye 359
 
 
83%
234 125
  Nay 1
 
 
0%
0 1
Not Voting 70
 
 
16%
51 19
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes

Where is the Speaker’s vote?

According to current House rules, 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.

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.)