TO AMEND H.R. 2 BY PROHIBITING SURFACE MINING IN ALLUVIAL VALLEYS WEST OF THE 100TH MERIDIAN WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE OPERATIONS ISSUED PERMITS BEFORE JAN. 4, 1977 AND WITH THE FURTHER EXCEPTION OF THOSE OPERATIONS ENGAGED IN COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION ONE YEAR PRIOR TO THE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL.

Date:

Apr 29, 1977

Number:

House Vote #152
95th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Morris Udall [D-AZ2, 1961-1991] on January 4, 1977, H.R. 2 (95th): Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 177
 
 
41%
147 30
  Nay 156
 
 
36%
80 76
Present 1
 
 
0%
0 1
Not Voting 99
 
 
23%
62 37
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.