TO AMEND H.R. 13467 BY APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $54.8 MILLION FOR THE NEW SENATE OFFICE BUILDING AND IMPOSING A CEILING OF $135 MILLION ON EXPENDITURES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING.

Number:
Senate Vote #922 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Aug 04, 1978 (95th Congress)
Result:
unknown
Related Bill:
H.R. 13467 (95th): Second Supplemental Appropriations Act
Introduced by Rep. George Mahon [D-TX19, 1961-1978] on July 13, 1978
Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Aye 65
 
 
 
65%
45 20 0
  Nay 13
 
 
 
13%
1 11 1
Not Voting 22
 
 
 
22%
15 7 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.)