3:04 PM EST
Dan Burton, R-IN 5th

Mr. BURTON of Indiana. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Madam Speaker, I was just thinking about the people back home who may be watching this. They hear the Democrats blaming the Republicans for all of these things that are costing so much money, and that's the reason we have to raise the national debt. You know, I looked at a $1.4 trillion deficit last year, and we're already ahead of that this year. We are not in charge. You folks are.

The health care bill that you're trying to ram through is going to cost $1 trillion to $3 trillion, and the stimulus bill is going to cost over $1 trillion when you add interest.

The bottom line is we have got to stop spending. We are spending too much money. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, the American people back home are saying, Get your house in order. Quit spending so much money. Live within your means like we have to.

We have 10 percent unemployment right now, and the people back home don't want us wasting money that will end up resulting in our having to raise taxes, which we don't want to do and which I won't vote for, and end up resulting in inflation, which is going to be hung on our kids in the future. So we have to quit spending instead of just raising the debt.