TO PASS S. 884, THE SENATE VERSION OF H.R. 3603, THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ACT OF 1981, TO REAUTHORIZE FOR FOUR YEARS PRICE SUPPORT AND OTHER FARM PROGRAMS AND FOOD STAMPS. (MOTION AGREED TO)

Date:

Oct 22, 1981

Number:

House Vote #264
97th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Sen. Jesse Helms [R-NC, 1973-2002] on April 7, 1981, S. 884 (97th): Agriculture and Food Act of 1981.

Totals     Democrat     Republican     Independent
  Yea 205
 
 
 
47%
153 52 0
  Nay 173
 
 
 
40%
48 125 0
Not Voting 55
 
 
 
13%
39 15 1
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.