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

July 24, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ (CPC) Health Task Force, released the following statement after joining CPC Co-Chairs Mark Pocan and Raúl Grijalva in unveiling the FY2019 People’s Budget: A Progressive Path Forward:

July 10, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, led 131 of her Democratic Colleagues, including Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, on a letter opposing President Trump’s May 25 executive orders targeting federal workers. The Trump Administration is already taking action to undermine federal unions, eliminate longstanding protections, and undo existing contracts. In their letter, the members wrote:

July 2, 2018 Press Release

Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), Rep. Brad Schneider, and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi joined leaders and members of public service unions including AFSCME, SEIU, AFGE, the Fire Fighters, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Education Association and others for a round table discussion and press conference on the repercussions of the anti-worker, anti-union Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, and the importance of the labor movement’s role in lifting up all working people.

June 27, 2018 Press Release

“This is a sad day for public employees and all of us who rely on them to provide us with the services we need, from keeping our air and water clean to teaching our children to protecting public health.  Janus started with Governor Rauner but it was quickly embraced by all those whose mission is to take away the freedoms of working women and men.  Janus is about making it more difficult for state and local workers to join together in unions, to bargain collectively for fair wages and benefits, to promote safe workplaces, to blow the whistle on fraud and abuse, and to stand

June 19, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky led 31 of her House Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to American Airlines Group CEO Doug Parker regarding American Airlines’ contract negotiations with passenger service agents at Envoy and Piedmont. The members wrote to express their hope that the negotiations will result in contracts that support fair, living wages for the passenger service agents. Recently, American Airlines announced plans to buy back $2 billion worth of company stock.