TO PASS H.R. 9354, THE BILL INCREASING THE AUTHORIZATION OF FUNDS FOR STAFFS OF FORMER PRESIDENTS DURING THE THIRTY MONTH PERIOD FOLLOWING COVERAGE UNDER THE PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION ACT.

Number:
House Vote #571 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Sep 30, 1977 (95th Congress)
Result:
unknown
Related Bill:
H.R. 9354 (95th): A bill to amend the act of August 25, 1958, with respect to staff allowances for former Presidents.
Introduced by Rep. Robert Nix [D-PA2, 1963-1978] on September 28, 1977
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Aye 262
 
 
60%
174 88
  Nay 95
 
 
22%
71 24
Not Voting 77
 
 
18%
43 34
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.)