TO AMEND H.R. 111 BY REQUIRING PANAMA TO PAY CONSTRUCTION COSTS OF MILITARY CONSTRUCTION INITIATED AS A RESULT OF THE TREATY. (MOTION FAILED)

Date:

Jun 21, 1979

Number:

House Vote #248
96th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. John Murphy [D-NY17, 1973-1980] on January 15, 1979, H.R. 111 (96th): Panama Canal Act of 1979.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 210
 
 
48%
73 137
  Nay 213
 
 
49%
194 19
Not Voting 11
 
 
3%
8 3
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
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“Aye” or “Yea”?

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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.