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 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the inclusion of critical auto safety provisions in H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act.  The provisions will improve auto safety and will help prevent tragic deaths from drunk driving, children being left in hot cars, carbon monoxide poisoning, and unsafe limousines.

June 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection, subcommittees with oversight over the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), urged that action be taken to protect consumers turning to Google for answers concerning their Economic Impact Payments from the IRS, following the release of a

June 15, 2020 Press Release

“Any diversion of resources to advance the President’s political agenda would erode the independence of the FTC, sabotage future antitrust and privacy cases against Big Tech, and harm the American people as fraudulent activity would go unchecked.”

May 26, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is introducing the COVID Justice and Accountability Act to ensure everyone has a private right of action for a violation of COVID-19 federal laws. Schakowsky is joined by Congressmen Mark Takano (CA-41) and Jesús “Chuy” García(IL-04).

May 19, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, released a statement after Johnson & Johnson announced they would permanently discontinue talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in the U.S. and Canada after facing thousands of lawsuits from patients who developed cancer after use.

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