State congresswoman speaks out in new book
MIAMI (WSVN) -- South Florida congresswoman, and one of the President's closest allies, Debbie Wasserman Schultz opened up about everything from the recent fighting in D.C to her battle with breast cancer.
If you think you're busy, meet Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She's a congresswoman representing South Florida in Washington D.C. She's the head of the Democratic National Committee. Now, she can be called author. "I thought, let me write a book from my perspective as a mom and a lawmaker that hopefully can get not Washington insiders so much but regular people who are just living their lives, give them a roadmap on how they can get engaged," Wasserman Schultz said.
"For The Next Generation - A Wake Up Call To Solving Our Nation's Problems" is the fifth-term congresswoman's first book. In it, the mother of two urges her colleagues on Capitol Hill to view political decisions through a mother's perspective. She thinks Congress just might be more cooperative if more mothers were making decisions. "Because women so often are focused on consensus-building, and you're not so worried about obliterating your opponent," Wasserman Schultz said.
Coincidentally, the book hit shelves during the government shutdown and hours before the debt ceiling deadline.
The congresswoman argues politicians, in what's become a hyper-partisan Washington D.C., need to stop making decisions by only living in the moment. When asked if she was confident that the politics of the moment could change at some point down the line, Wasserman Schultz said, "If we don't improve the politics of the moment, we are not going to be able to improve things down the line."
Wasserman Schultz is also a breast cancer survivor and will be a part of Saturday's Susan G. Komen race for the cure.
She is a staunch advocate of the President's Affordable Care Act, and in her book, argues that law needs to be left in place for the next generation. "What that means for someone like me, and the millions of breast cancer survivors like me is, Jan. 1, when we get the peace of mind that an insurance company can never drop us or deny us coverage for our pre-existing condition again. The Republicans who have been trying to stop Obamacare are trying to deny us that peace of mind, and that's unacceptable, and I will use every tool at my disposal to stop them."
The congresswoman got the idea for the book in 2010, she said, during the rise of the Tea Party. The book was released on Tuesday.
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