My colleagues, I have enjoyed the comments by my friends from the other side of the aisle. I just would rise today to point out one thing. The largest expansion of an entitlement program in the history of the United States of America since our creation happened under the watch of the Republican majority. It happened on a piece of legislation that we had less than 30 hours to read, there were no amendments allowed, and it increased the debt per decade by more than $750 billion. The amount of Federal borrowing from foreign countries doubled under the watch of many of my colleagues here.
Now I am pleased that they're concerned about fiscal responsibility. Speaker Pelosi has pledged that the bill will be available online, plus the manager's amendment, for 72 hours. We had less than 30 on the Medicare bill. We are at least trying to pay for this legislation. We will not, with this legislation, increase the debt $750 billion, as did the Medicare prescription drug bill, passed by the former majority party.
Americans need health care reform. My friends on the other side of the aisle had 12 years to try to do something constructive, and they failed.