TO CONFIRM THE NOMINATION OF DONALD P. HODEL, OF VIRGINIA, TO BE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.

Date:

Feb 6, 1985

Number:

Senate Vote #4
99th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

Totals     Republican     Democrat     Unknown
  Yea 93
 
 
 
93%
49 43 1
  Nay 1
 
 
 
1%
0 1 0
Not Voting 6
 
 
 
6%
4 2 0
Required: unknown

Vote Details

Notes: “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.