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

October 2, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Chief Deputy Whip and Co-Chair of the Seniors Task Force, was joined by Reps. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) in reintroducing the Women’s Pension Protection Act. This bill, which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), takes necessary and important steps to ensure that women are better prepared for retirement. After the bill’s introduction, the lawmakers released the following statements:

October 2, 2018 Press Release

“For more than 20 years, NAFTA has benefitted corporations and the ultra-wealthy in the United States, but has cost jobs, made middle-class American families poorer, and hollowed out large segments of a once vibrant Midwest economy. While the negotiators of this secret agreement claim it fixes at least some of those problems, many details remain to be resolved before we can be assured that workers and their families will be better off under NAFTA 2.0. We do however, know that health care consumers stand to lose.

September 4, 2018 Article

By Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) for The Hill

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: