TO AGREE TO THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 13635, THE BILL MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR FISCAL YEAR 1979.

Number:
Senate Vote #1123 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Oct 12, 1978 (95th Congress)
Result:
unknown
Related Bill:
H.R. 13635 (95th): Department of Defense Appropriation Act
Introduced by Rep. George Mahon [D-TX19, 1961-1978] on July 27, 1978
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Aye 77
 
 
 
77%
48 28 1
  Nay 3
 
 
 
3%
2 1 0
Not Voting 20
 
 
 
20%
11 9 0
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes

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.)