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

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.

May 22, 2018 Press Release

"In a narrow 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today took basic freedoms away from America’s working men and women, denying them the right to stand together to challenge corporations that deny fair wages and safe workplaces.  In Epic Systems v.

April 28, 2018 Press Release

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a member of the Quiet Skies Caucus, released the following statement following her vote in favor of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act:

April 17, 2018 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on Tax Day 2018 and the effects of the GOP Tax Scam:

April 12, 2018 Video

First, the GOP passed a #GOPTaxScam that blows a $2 trillion hole in the budget to benefit only the wealthy.