Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois

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

October 13, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Ranking Member of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee in the Energy and Commerce Committee, sent two letters asking for answers to understand the impact of the Kobe Steel scandal on vehicle safety. The letters, which were sent to the CEOs of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Global Automakers, come following the recent admission by Kobe Steel that its employees routinely and systematically falsified inspection data about the products that they sold.

October 12, 2017 Press Release

Today, Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (DCCP) Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky led the Democratic members of the Subcommittee, including Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, on a letter requesting further hearings to examine the Equifax data breach and bipartisan cooperation on legislation to protect consumers’ data.

October 2, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Ranking Member of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, reintroduced her Secure and Protect Americans’ Data Act (SPADA) in advance of former Equifax CEO Richard Smith’s appearance in her subcommittee tomorrow. The bill would enhance data security and require prompt notification and ongoing assistance to consumers in the event of a breach.

September 26, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (DCCP) Subcommittee, released the following statement after Equifax CEO Richard Smith resigned in response to the massive data breach that compromised the personal information of 143 million Americans. Richard Smith will be testifying before the DCCP Subcommittee next week.

September 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statement today on new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems released by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

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