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

June 30, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Today, General Motors (GM) announced its plan to compensate the victims of its failure to address defective ignition switches in its vehicles, and its failure to recall those vehicles in a timely manner.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response:

June 20, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct new public hearings and issue a new environmental impact study (EIS) of the O’Hare Modernization Program in response to increased noise pollution and questions raised over the hearings process. 

June 5, 2014 Press Release

Chicago, ILToday, General Motors announced the results of their internal report.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to the announcement:

The internal report released today on the General Motors ignition switch defect is very troubling.  It shows that the company, through a series of failures lasting more than ten years, repeatedly neglected to put the safety of its customers first.  At least 13 people – and perhaps many more – died because GM did not adequately value safety.

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.