TO APPROVE THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON H J RES 372 THAT TEMPORARILY RAISES THE LIMIT ON THE FEDERAL DEBT FROM $1.824 TRILLION TO $2.079 TRILLION AND ESTABLISHES A PLAN TO PAY THE DEBT BY 1991. THE REPORT STIPULATES LIMITS THAT THE DEBT MAY NOT EXCEED FOR EACH YEAR AND REQUIRES THE PRESIDENT TO REDUCE FUNDING OF CERTAIN PROGRAMS IF IT APPEARS THAT THE DEBT WOULD EXCEED THE LIMIT.

Number:
Senate Vote #371 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Dec 11, 1985 (99th Congress)
Result:
unknown
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 61
 
 
64%
39 22
  Nay 31
 
 
32%
9 22
Not Voting 4
 
 
4%
3 1
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes

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.)