TO MODIFY THE UDALL AMENDMENT OFFERED IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE MEEDS SUBSTITUTE (SEE RC 335) FOR H.R. 39. THE MODIFYING MEEDS AMENDMENT WOULD REDUCE THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF LAND DESIGNATED TO BECOME NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE REFUGES FROM APPROXIMATELY 66 MILLION ACRES TO 33 MILLION ACRES.

Date:

May 18, 1978

Number:

House Vote #992
95th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Morris Udall [D-AZ2, 1961-1991] on January 4, 1977, H.R. 39 (95th): Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 119
 
 
27%
57 62
  Nay 240
 
 
55%
183 57
Not Voting 75
 
 
17%
47 28
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.