Consumer Protection

My political career began as a consumer advocate when I led the successful campaign in 1969 to put freshness dates on products sold in the supermarket. I am a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where I serve as the Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection subcommittee. On the Committee, I have continued my efforts to protect consumers from unfair business practices, unsafe products, insurance abuses, and harmful chemicals in products, and to improve the safety of children's products, vehicles, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. 

Legislation I've Introduced

Safe Cosmetics Act – The Safe Cosmetics Act would phase out the use of dangerous chemicals, including carcinogens and reproductive toxins, from use in personal care products.  Visit Cosmetic Safety for more information.

More on Consumer Protection

October 15, 2020 Editorial
There is one piece of the negotiations that Republicans want to include that most Americans do not need or want — corporate immunity from coronavirus-related lawsuits, not just during the pandemic, but through 2024.
October 15, 2020 Blog Post
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is worth more than $200 billion, and yet he has let another Prime Day pass without providing the pay and protection his employees need, nor has he taken meaningful steps to protect ALL consumers from unsafe and counterfeit products.
October 7, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Facebook, seeking answers regarding third-party fact checkers and efforts to the spread of disinformation. Specifically, the Congresswoman expressed concern around recent reports of teenagers being hired and paid by right-wing groups to post and share information on the platform.

October 2, 2020 Video

#QAnon has been linked to domestic terror and is considered by the FBI a continuing threat. #BigTech companies must do their part to protect their users from these online threats. While people suffer, social media has profited.

October 2, 2020 Video

Here's my weekly video update for my constituents. I address President Trump's COVID diagnosis, the latest Coronavirus numbers, votes by the House to condemn QAnon and the forced sterilization of women in ICE custody, and other updates.