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
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission voted on partisan lines to dismantle net neutrality:
Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Ranking Member of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai requesting Thursday’s scheduled vote to undo net neutrality protections be delayed. She specifically refuted Chairman Pai’s statements that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could step in to protect net neutrality if the FCC vote goes through. Her letter explains,
Today, during a hearing in the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (DCCP) subcommittee titled "Algorithms: How Companies’ Decisions About Data and Content Impact Consumers," Rep. Jan Schakowsky delivered remarks in support of net neutrality and the Open Internet Order. A video of her remarks can be found below:
Today, Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee opposing the nomination of Ms. Dana Baiocco to serve on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, will hold a hearing on Ms. Baiocco’s nomination tomorrow.
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.