TO INSTRUCT HOUSE CONFEREES ON H. CON. RES. 307 TO AGREE TO FIGURES FOR NATIONAL SECURITY OF $171.3 BILLION IN BUDGET AUTHORITY AND $153.7 BILLION IN OUTLAYS. (MOTION FAILED)

Date:

May 29, 1980

Number:

House Vote #920
96th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 123
 
 
28%
121 2
  Nay 165
 
 
38%
57 108
Not Voting 145
 
 
33%
96 49
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.