3:08 PM EST
Richard Neal, D-MA 2nd

Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts. Mr. Stearns is, indeed, my friend, and we are classmates.

Madam Speaker, he conveniently left out those 4 years when Bill Clinton left a balanced budget to America, when the deficits were eliminated and when the debt was coming down. That's the key consideration here as we begin this debate. Indeed, this is about paying for our veterans' hospitals, paying for the war in Iraq, paying for the war in Afghanistan, and making sure that those Social Security checks get out on January 1.