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

May 16, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a settlement with General Motors over the company’s failure to report defective ignition switches to the agency and initiate a recall in a timely manner.  Rep. Schakowsky issued the following statement in response:

April 2, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing on the General Motors recall for faulty ignition switches that played a role in at least 31 frontal crashes and 13 deaths.  Rep. Schakowsky issued the following statement on the hearing:

“The fact that 13 people lost their lives is extremely tragic, and it is even more painful because these deaths were avoidable.

March 31, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final rule requiring rearview video systems in all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds by May 2018.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky – who sponsored legislation requiring this new safety provision – issued the following statement on the rule:

March 27, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, a National Labor Relations Board regional director ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees of the University and have the right to form a union and bargain collectively.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement on this matter:

“I am pleased with the NLRB ruling that correctly recognizes Northwestern football players as University employees.  These young men dedicate 40-plus hours a week for much of the school year to the football program and they deserve the right to unionize.

March 26, 2014 Press Release

Yesterday, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers proposed a new rule to protect the waters of the United States.  The rule would make clear that the EPA and the Army Corps have the authority and responsibility to protect smaller bodies of water from harmful pollution – an authority which had come into question due to recent interpretations of Supreme Court rulings.  U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04), and Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the following statement on the proposed rule:

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