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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The stopgap bill passed the Senate on a voice vote, with lawmakers from both parties eager to avert a partial shutdown when seven spending bills expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Senate Approves Stopgap Spending Bill to Avert Shutdown," 19 Dec. 2018 The chamber could pass a short-term funding extension by voice vote, which doesn’t require a vote of the full chamber. Seattle Times News Services, The Seattle Times, "Nation to pause in honor of former President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday," 3 Dec. 2018 The Senate also confirmed Mr. Clarida, by voice vote, as a member of the Fed board to finish a term ending in February 2022. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Senate Confirms Clarida as Fed Vice Chairman in 69-26 Vote," 28 Aug. 2018 Senators on the committee voted unanimously in favor of her nomination, by a voice vote. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskan Tara Sweeney’s Interior Department nomination sweeps through committee," 6 June 2018 These motions passed unanimously, with a voice vote, by the nine of 12 commission members present at the meeting held at Fort Harrison State Park. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "DNR Director: 'We heard you,' says no to bobcat hunting and killing nuisance wildlife," 15 May 2018 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

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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