TO AGREE TO THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON S. 643, A BILL AMENDING THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT TO REVISE THE PROCEDURES FOR THE ADMISSION OF REFUGEES. (MOTION PASSED)

Date:

Mar 4, 1980

Number:

House Vote #776
96th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy [D-MA, 1962-2009] on March 13, 1979, S. 643 (96th): Refugee Act of 1979.

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 211
 
 
49%
175 36
  Nay 195
 
 
45%
78 117
Not Voting 27
 
 
6%
20 7
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote?
The Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, except when such vote would be decisive.” In practice, this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes and only does so when it is politically useful. When the Speaker declines to vote, he or she is simply omitted from the roll call by the House Clerk. (See House Rules, Rule I(7).)
“Aye” or “Yea”?

“Aye” and “Yea” mean the same thing, and so do “No” and “Nay”. Congress uses different words in different sorts of votes.

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.