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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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 The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee agreed on voice vote to back Robert Wilkie, currently serving as a Pentagon undersecretary. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "Senate panel OKs Trump’s pick to lead troubled VA," 10 July 2018 By contrast, Judges Kethledge and Kavanaugh were last voted on more than a decade ago, with Judge Kethledge receiving support through a voice vote and Judge Kavanaugh winning backing from four Democrats, only one of whom remains a senator. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Trump Zeroes In on Supreme Court Pick," 6 July 2018 It had been approved by a voice vote, and opponents quickly insisted on reconsidering it, this time with a roll call to formally record how each senator voted. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "Here Is Why Florida Has So Much Trouble Passing Gun Laws," 4 Mar. 2018 By voice vote Tuesday, the City Council approved the resolution that denounces slavery and promises a more tolerant future. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Charleston, SC, Apologizes for Its Role During the Slave Trade in City Council Resolution," 20 June 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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