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SUNRISE (CBS4)  – South Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz returned to South Florida Tuesday to show her support for the Urban Area Security Initiative, which could be severely curtailed in the new 2011 federal budget.

Wasserman Schultz was a signatory on a bipartisan letter that sought to keep 39 high risk urban areas from losing funding used to “coordinate efforts against homeland security threats.”

But, much of the focus on Wasserman Schultz is for her newest role, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

President Barack Obama selected Wasserman Schultz for the job last week much to the surprise of the congresswoman.

“When it became a possibility, and I was asked if it was something I would have an interest in; I said yes that I would,” Wasserman Schultz said. “But there were a lot of other people who would be interested in it also. So I was actually quite surprised.”

Wasserman Schultz already has quite a bit on her plate. She’s a wife, mother, Congresswoman and now DNC chair. Still, she said has plenty of energy for the new job and is humbled, honored, and ready to get to work.

“I’m a gimme the ball kind of person,” Wasserman Schultz said. “I am someone who very much wants to be fully immersed in trying to advance our agenda.”

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