TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE HARKIN AMENDMENT (SEE RC 662) TO H.R. 13635. THE MITCHELL (MD) SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE ALL APPROPRIATIONS NOT REQUIRED BY LAW BY 1%.

Date:

Aug 8, 1978

Number:

House Vote #1287
95th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. George Mahon [D-TX19, 1961-1978] on July 27, 1978, H.R. 13635 (95th): Department of Defense Appropriation Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 136
 
 
31%
102 34
  Nay 222
 
 
51%
124 98
Present 1
 
 
0%
1 0
Not Voting 73
 
 
17%
59 14
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.