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
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which passed the House yesterday.
“My District has been hit by a series of so-called ‘100-year floods’, which have damaged the homes of many residents. Similar storms have impacted families all across our country. To address this issue, I was proud to vote for the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which passed the House yesterday.
Washington, D.C. Today, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing about electronic data security and breach notification. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, the top Democrat on the subcommittee, was pleased to welcome Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to share her perspective on those issues and to inform the committee about the steps the state has undertaken to protect consumers. Schakowsky issued the following statement after the hearing:
Washington, DC (March 21, 2013) — Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Edward J. Markey released the following statement on the introduction of the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act:
Today Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Edward J. Markey introduced the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act, which closes major loopholes in the federal law that allows companies to use ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products known to damage human health and the environment.
WASHINGTON D.C. (November 16, 2012) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has introduced H.Res. 810, a resolution urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue its cooperation with airports across the United States to implement noise mitigation plans.
Lawmakers introduced Safe Cosmetics Act to protect consumers from harmful ingredients in personal care products, gives FDA ability to order recalls of dangerous products