TO MODIFY THE UDALL SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT FOR THE COLLINS AMENDMENT TO H.R. 11280. THE ERLENBORN AMENDMENT PROHIBITS EMPLOYEES OF THE FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION FROM BEING REPRESENTED BY A UNION THAT MAINTAINS A POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE OR THAT ADVOCATES ELECTION OR DEFEAT OF ANY CANDIDATE FOR FEDERAL OFFICE. THE UDALL SUBSTITUTE AMENDMENT COMPROMISES THE BILL'S LANGUAGE AND THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSALS FOR THE LABOR MANAGEMENT PROVISIONS OF THE BILL. THE COLLINS AMENDMENT EMBODIES THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSALS AND GIVES BASIC COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS TO FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ON ISSUES OF PERSONNEL POLICIES AND WORKING CONDITIONS.

Number:
House Vote #1378 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Sep 13, 1978 (95th Congress)
Result:
unknown
Related Bill:
H.R. 11280 (95th): Civil Service Reform Act
Introduced by Rep. Robert Nix [D-PA2, 1963-1978] on March 3, 1978
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Aye 166
 
 
40%
53 113
  Nay 217
 
 
53%
205 12
Not Voting 27
 
 
7%
13 14
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.)