TO PASS H.R. 111 PROVIDING FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE PANAMA CANAL AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TREATY OF 1977. (MOTION PASSED)

Date:

Jun 21, 1979

Number:

House Vote #251
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 224
 
 
52%
189 35
  Nay 202
 
 
47%
80 122
Not Voting 8
 
 
2%
6 2
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.