TO RECOMMIT THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 13511, THE REVENUE ACT OF 1978, TO THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE WITH INSTRUCTIONS TO THE SENATE CONFEREES THAT THEY INSIST ON THE NUNN-CHILES-BELLMON AMENDMENT THAT WOULD AUTHORIZE ACROSS-THE-BOARD TAX REDUCTIONS OF APPROXIMATELY 5% FOR FISCAL YEARS 1980 THROUGH 1983.

Number:
Senate Vote #1153 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Oct 14, 1978 (95th Congress)
Result:
unknown
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Aye 29
 
 
 
29%
10 19 0
  Nay 46
 
 
 
46%
40 5 1
Not Voting 25
 
 
 
25%
11 14 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.)