TO ADOPT H RES 587, THE RULE WAIVING CERTAIN POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST THE CONFERENCE REPORT ON HR 6, A BILL AUTHORIZING WATER PROJECTS.

Date:

Oct 17, 1986

Number:

House Vote #888
99th Congress

Result:

unknown

Source:

Professor Keith Poole

Totals     Democrat     Republican
  Yea 375
 
 
87%
221 154
  Nay 5
 
 
1%
0 5
Not Voting 52
 
 
12%
31 21
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.