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What if a gridlocked Congress approached policy from a parent’s perspective and put children first? That’s what Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is challenging her colleagues to do. While we wring our hands about Congressional gridlock and the failure to tackle big issues, the people who have the most to lose—our children—have no voice.

Now, Rep. Schultz—chair of the Democratic National Committee, serving her fifth term in Congress, a breast cancer survivor and the mother of three children—draws on everything she’s learned in her new book For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving our Nation’s Problems. How can she galvanize her fellow politicians to stop grandstanding and instead put the needs of our children ahead of everything? How can you help her do it? She talks with Thane Rosenbaum about her ideas and plans.