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

January 29, 2014 Press Release

Washington D.C. (January 28, 2014) Today the House passed H.R. 2642, a bill to extend and reform farm programs for seven years. While the conference agreement is a major improvement over the House-passed bill, I opposed the legislation because of its $8 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – our nation’s last and strongest line of defense against hunger.

January 16, 2014 Press Release

Don’t Recess the House Until We Pass Emergency Unemployment Benefits

Washington D.C. (January16,2014) Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined Rep. Gary A Peters and 113 of her colleagues on a letter to Republican Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor asking that the House of Representatives stay in session instead of recessing for district work period.  Her statement is below.

April 18, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC (April 18, 2013) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky reintroduced H.R. 1617 the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act today:

"Today, I reintroduced my jobs plan, the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act, which would make needed investment in good-paying jobs that will strengthen American communities all over the country.

February 15, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC (February 14, 2013) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on today's Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade's Manufacturing Showcase and hearing:

December 4, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 4, 2012) — Today, Rep. Schakowsky (D-Ill.) released the following statement after signing the discharge petition to bring the Senate-passed middle class tax cuts bill to the House floor for a vote.