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

March 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Chair and Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released the following joint statement in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order regarding America’s supply chains:

February 28, 2021 Video

In this week's update, I talk about Ida B. Wells, the American Rescue Plan, and the Equality Act. I also provide some updates on coronavirus and vaccines. 

February 27, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a senior member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1319, President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, by a vote of 219-210:

February 21, 2021 Video

This week, I talk about the reparations bill, H.R. 40, the latest on the American Rescue Plan, and the situation in Texas this past week. 

February 14, 2021 Video

In this week's video, I talk about the Senate's vote to acquit Donald Trump, our work on the American Rescue Plan, and other important updates.

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