voice vote


Definition of voice vote 

: a parliamentary vote taken by calling for ayes and noes and estimating which response is stronger

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On voice votes Wednesday, the Assembly sent Walker several other bills to toughen criminal penalties: Senate Bill 58 would create a specific felony for carjacking with fines of up to $50,000 and prison sentences of up to 15 years. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers committing $430 million for new adult prison and youth lockups in Wisconsin," 20 Feb. 2018 The location was approved with two dissenting votes, using a voice vote where no role call was taken. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa Common Council grumbles, but approves Rice n Roll's second location inside State Street Station," 20 June 2018 Colin Powell was confirmed as secretary by unanimous voice vote in 2001, while Hillary Clinton and John Kerry cleared the Senate by votes of 94-3 and 94-2. Bloomberg, AL.com, "Mike Pompeo faces opposition but it might not matter," 23 Apr. 2018 Lawmakers shot down House Bill 2629 after a 36-minute debate on the House floor, followed by an unrecorded voice vote. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Kansas House kills bill that supporters said would have made HOAs more accountable | The Kansas City Star," 5 Apr. 2018 That bill passed an initial voice vote and is expected to get a final action vote Wednesday. Hunter Woodall, kansascity, "‘We make our kids soft targets,’ Republican says in effort to arm Kansas teachers | The Kansas City Star," 27 Mar. 2018 Last week, when the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, called for Mr. Grenell to move ahead by unanimous consent, which requires a voice vote, Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, declined to advance the nomination. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Opposing Factions Join to Push Confirmation of a Gay Trump Appointee," 25 Mar. 2018 Even with his backing, there was a contentious floor voice vote. Harry Enten, CNN, "Democrats may be approaching a turning point on Israel," 15 May 2018 The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee agreed on voice vote Tuesday to back Robert Wilkie, currently a Pentagon undersecretary. Fox News, "Robert Wilkie approved by Senate panel to lead troubled VA," 10 July 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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