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DNC chair addresses Congress productivity; responds to Boehner's comment on the chance of retaining the House

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) joins Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the chance of Democrats overtaking the House this year, tax cuts and Congress productivity.

When CNN Contributor Will Cain asks why Congress is waiting until after November to get work done, Wasserman Schultz says, “But Speaker Boehner is the leader of Congress and controls the agenda with Eric Cantor.”

Schultz adds, “I'm a member of Congress in the minority unfortunately, which I plan to help change in November, but the people who control the agenda right now in the House of Representatives are the Republicans. Ask them why they haven't brought a single jobs bill to the floor since they took over the majority. Ask them why they are getting ready to allow the student loan interest rates to double.”

When Cain asks her if she would extend the Bush tax cuts, Schultz responds, “No, I would be opposed to that.”

Cain says, “So you would be obstructing that.”

Schultz answers, “The Bush tax cuts add $700 billion to the deficit. Why would we extend them? We need to continue the focus on President Obama’s agenda, giving tax breaks to the middle class. The 18 different tax breaks he's given to small businesses.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

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