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

December 24, 2020 Video
On behalf of Speaker Nancy Pelosi​, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer brought a Unanimous Consent request to the House Floor to make the change to the bill President Trump requested. GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy​ simply had to give a thumbs up. He failed to do that. House Democrats​ will now have to wait until Monday the 28th, after Christmas, to make this fix a reality. But we will do it.
December 23, 2020 Video
I was happy to join ABC 7 Chicago​ to react to the President's call for $2000 payments! I agree we need more and look forward to passing our Unanimous Consent request tomorrow - unless there's a Republican who objects. And we still haven't heard from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell​ .
December 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Monday, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, voted for legislation to provide relief to families and small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation passed also includes comprehensive funding language to keep the federal government in operation through the 2021 fiscal year.

November 30, 2020 Video

I talked with NBC Chicago about the mail delivery delays happening in the North Side of Chicago. I'm working to resolve the issues at the post offices in parts of my district. I've been in contact with leadership of the US Postal Service and they have assured me they are taking action to address these problems. I will continue to closely monitor this situation.

November 29, 2020 Video

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I give some updates on the Presidential transition, Coronavirus numbers, and some other updates.