Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois

Economy, Jobs & Taxes

Our country's strength and success is based on our robust middle class. These days, too many American families feel that the American Dream is slipping away – they are worried about finding good jobs, sending their kids to college, losing the equity in their homes, and even foreclosure. Rebuilding the American Dream so that every individual has access to opportunity and success is a challenge, but not an impossible one. The Great Recession and the current federal budget problems were no accident; they were the result of decades of policies that further enriched the wealthy at the expense of everyone else, as well as Bush Administration policies that put wars and tax cuts for the rich on a credit card and turned a blind eye to Wall Street’s recklessness.  By creating the perfect storm, these man-made mistakes led to a devastating financial collapse.

But we are not helpless in the face of these challenges. I am fighting for job creation, economic opportunity for all, help for those who are struggling, and fair and responsible ways to reduce the deficit.

In Congress, I am a leader on progressive solutions to our economic and fiscal challenges and I have offered specific proposals on deficit reduction, jobs, and tax policy. I served on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (the Bowles-Simpson Commission), and offered an alternative to the co-Chair's proposal to show what a real balanced plan would look like - one that didn't further burden struggling middle class and low income families.

We also need to make sure that people are employed in good jobs that provide them with a living wage and benefits so that workers can take care of their families.

 

 

More on Economy, Jobs & Taxes

May 8, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, delivered the following opening statement at the beginning of today's hearing OVERSIGHT OF THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION: STRENGTHENING PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICANS’ PRIVACY AND DATA SECURITY:

April 24, 2019 Press Release

Chicago, IL –Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, today joined Representatives Dan Lipinksi and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, as well as Amtrak employees and labor leaders, at Union Station today in Chicago to call on Amtrak leadership and the Trump Administration to prioritize our nation’s rail infrastructure.

April 2, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Schakowsky Statement on Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force,  issued the following statement recognizing Equal Pay Day, April 2, which marks the day on which the average woman makes the same amount her male counterpart did doing the same job did in 2018:

March 27, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Schakowsky Votes For, House Passes Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON,DC - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Vice Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, issued the following statement on passage of H.R. 7, The Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act and provides effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work:

February 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON– Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement on Governor Pritzker signing legislation to raise the minimum wage:

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