TO ADOPT A CLOTURE MOTION TO S 1200, THE IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT-CONFERENCE REPORT. (THREE-FIFTHS OF THOSE SENATORS DULY CHOSEN AND SWORN VOTED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE.)

Number:
Senate Vote #736 [primary source: Professor Keith Poole]
Date:
Oct 17, 1986 (99th Congress)
Result:
unknown
Totals     Republican     Democrat
  Aye 69
 
 
69%
30 39
  Nay 21
 
 
21%
16 5
Not Voting 10
 
 
10%
7 3
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.)