July 21, 2008: Reid confronts GOP antagonist with 40-bill package (AP)

  • Republicans will have a choice, Reid said Monday on the Senate floor, to join the side of the American people “or continue to stand beside a colleague or two intent on blocking virtually everything.”
  • He said that of 890 bills the Senate has passed in this session of Congress there has been debate on only about 50. The others were approved by “unanimous consent,” with little or no debate and no roll call vote. “We don’t want the American people to know what we would rather do in secret.”