TO PASS H.R. 11545, THE MEAT IMPORT ACT OF 1978.

Date:

Oct 12, 1978

Number:

House Vote #1508
95th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. William Poage [D-TX11, 1961-1978] on March 14, 1978, H.R. 11545 (95th): Meat Import Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 290
 
 
67%
190 100
  Nay 67
 
 
16%
46 21
Not Voting 73
 
 
17%
48 25
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.