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

April 12, 2018 Press Release
FTC action follows Luján-Schakowsky letter urging greater scrutiny of Uber's consumer protection practices after coverup of data breach affecting 57 million customers.
April 11, 2018 Video

Rep. Schakowsky's questioning of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the Energy and Commerce Committee's hearing on Facebook's misuse of personal data.

March 29, 2018 Press Release

Today, Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (DCCP) Ranking Member Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL) and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ) led the eight Democratic members of the DCCP subcommittee on a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Commissioner Terrell McSweeny and Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen regarding the FTC’s investigation into whether Facebook failed to adequately protect the privacy of consumers.

February 27, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and Ranking Member of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in FTC v. AT&T Mobility LLC, which rejected AT&T’s attempt to avoid consumer protections:

February 5, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, member of the Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security regarding Uber’s concealment of its 2016 data breach from the Federal Trade Commission