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

August 2, 2012 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (August 2, 2012) — Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after House passage of HR 6169:


August 1, 2012 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (August 1, 2012) — Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after House passage of HR 8:


July 18, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2012) — Today Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) joined over 40 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) in introducing the Deal for All — a resolution that states that any deal on taxes and spending must be a balanced proposal that does not shift the burden of deficit reduction to the middle class and those who aspire to it.


July 11, 2012 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2012) — Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement following a press conference with House Democrats to discuss additional bills added to Democrats' Make It In America plan:


"Today I was proud to stand with my Democratic colleagues as we released a slate of proposals that will help our businesses and our neighbors 'make it in America.'


May 10, 2012 Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 10, 2012) --  Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to passage of the Republican budget reconciliation bill, HR  5652 — Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012: