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

April 10, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement to mark Equal Pay Day and bring attention to the stark gender pay gap that exists in the United States today. Equal Pay Day marks the date on which the average woman finally earns the same yearly salary as her male counterpart:

April 9, 2018 Article

By Rep. Jan Schakowsky for CNBC

Facebook completely failed to protect Americans' data. Is anyone surprised?

February 8, 2018 Press Release

            Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, led 81 Democratic Members of Congress on two separate letters supporting the rights of their constituents to bargain collectively for good wages and benefits in contract negotiations. These letters, sent to the CEO of American Airlines Group and the President of the Communications Workers of America, come as the two parties are engaged in contract negotiations over passenger service members at American Airlines’ wholly-owned subsidiaries, Envoy and Piedmont.

January 21, 2018 Video

Today on the House floor, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky called for an end to the Trump Shutdown, explaining that the priorities at the heart of this debate had bipartisan support, as well as the support of the American people. She asked her Republican colleagues: ‘Who are the 218 Republicans who oppose addressing veterans’ programs, workers’ pensions, and the opioid epidemic?” She also asked for unanimous consent to bring up H.R.

December 19, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after House Republicans passed their tax bill, known commonly as the GOP Tax Scam:

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