TO RECEDE FROM DISAGREEMENT AND CONCUR WITH AN AMENDMENT TO H. CON. RES. 307, FIRST BUDGET RESOLUTION, SETTING FORTH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET FOR THE U.S. GOVERNMENT FOR FISCAL 1981 1983 AND REVISING THE BUDGET FOR FISCAL 1980 SO AS TO HAVE A DEFICIT OF $46,950 MILLION. THE GIAIMO AMENDMENT TAKES $800 MILLION OFF THE DEFENSE FUNCTION AND LEAVES DEFENSE BUDGET AUTHORITY AT $170.5 BILLION AND $153.7 BILLION IN DEFENSE OUTLAYS.

Number:
House Vote #963 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Jun 12, 1980 (96th Congress)
Result:
Passed
Related Resolution:
H.Con.Res. 307 (96th): A concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for the fiscal years 1981, 1982, and 1983 and revising the congressional budget for the United States Government for the fiscal year 198
Introduced by Rep. Robert Giaimo [D-CT3, 1961-1980] on March 26, 1980
Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Aye 205
 
 
48%
195 10
  Nay 195
 
 
46%
55 140
Not Voting 23
 
 
5%
14 9
Required: Simple Majority

Vote Details

Notes

Where is the Speaker’s vote?

According to current House rules, 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.

What’s the difference between “aye” and “yea”?

There is no meaningful difference between “aye” and “yea” (and “nay” and “no”), but the terms are used in different sorts of votes based on Congress’s long tradition of parliamentary procedure.

The House and Senate follow the U.S. Constitution strictly when it says that bills should be decided on by the “yeas and nays” (Article I, Section 7). So they literally say “yea” and “nay” when voting on bills. In the Senate, they always use these words.

The House sometimes operates under a special set of rules called the “Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union” (or “Committee of the Whole” for short), which is a sort of pseudo-committee that is made up of every congressman. During this mode of operation, the House uses the terms “aye” and “no” instead, but the meaning is the same. (See the Rules of the House, Rule XX, and House Practice in the section Voting.)