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 19, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCEnergy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Commerce, Trade, and Manufacturing Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statement today after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced steps to address fatal defects in Takata airbags.  Takata has finally agreed to take action and expand its original recall to include 34 million potentially defective vehicles nationwide: 

May 18, 2015 Press Release

This is a critical week in Congress, with the Senate and likely the House poised to take up Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), a bill to provide "fast track" authority - not just to the current President but to whomever next sits in the White House.

April 28, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) green-lighted a study by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reexamine the current metric used to determine acceptable aircraft noise pollution. Rep. Jan Schakowsky has been a leader in the effort to get the FAA to review the current 65 decibel Day-Night Average Sound Level (DNL) metric.

February 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –Today, the Obama Administration released its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.  Unfortunately, not only does this bill fail to move consumer protection forward, it may move it backward.

We are pleased that the President has made consumer privacy a top priority this year, and we are eager to work with his Administration to advance that objective.  However, we believe that a number of provisions within this proposal are deeply problematic, including:

February 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce Manufacturing and Trade, joined with Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone and eight other members of the Committee to introduce the Vehicle Safety Improvement Act.  The bill takes the lessons learned from the record 64 million recalled vehicles in 2014 to enhance oversight, improve information-sharing, and promote safety of American cars.