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
In February, a 22-month old from Apple Valley, Minnesota was killed by a falling Malm dresser; his family was unaware of the danger the Malm dresser posed, including two deaths from Malm dresser tip-overs
Committee Leaders Respond to Insufficient Results After Testing Deadly Takata Air Bags
Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to the investigation into defective Takata airbag inflators.
Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) issued the following statement today in response to the “Proactive Safety Principles” released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a group of automakers.
Washington, DC- Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky – joined by Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-MA), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) – introduced H.R. 4187, The Secure and Protect Americans’ Data Act. The legislation would enhance data security and require prompt disclosure and credit monitoring in the event of a breach.
Washington, DC- Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced major changes to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) – also known as the five-star safety ratings system – set to debut in 2018. The updated analysis will include consideration of pedestrian and rear-seat passenger safety. Rep. Schakowsky released the following statement in response: