TO AMEND H. CON. RES. 307 BY STRIKING THE RECONCILIATION LANGUAGE IN THE RESOLUTION THAT INSTRUCTS EIGHT HOUSE AND EIGHT SENATE AUTHORIZING COMMITTEES TO REPORT LEGISLATION TO SAVE $9.1 BILLION IN OUTLAYS IN FISCAL 1981. (MOTION FAILED)

Date:

May 7, 1980

Number:

House Vote #868
96th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 127
 
 
29%
107 20
  Nay 289
 
 
67%
158 131
Not Voting 16
 
 
4%
8 8
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.