TO PASS H.R. 13467.


Jul 20, 1978


House Vote #1212
95th Congress




Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. George Mahon [D-TX19, 1961-1978] on July 13, 1978, H.R. 13467 (95th): Second Supplemental Appropriations Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 311
217 94
  Nay 60
28 32
Not Voting 61
41 20
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.