Financial Protections

We are still recovering from the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression. Home values crashed, savings accounts shrank, millions of jobs were lost or eliminated, and access to credit became nonexistent. Many Americans were left with loans they were unable to afford based on misleading promises of low payments that ballooned at the worst possible time. This was the result of Wall Street greed, deregulation, and the failure of federal regulators to act in the interests of consumers.

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which passed in 2010, overhauled the financial industry and reined in Wall Street abuses. It included my amendment to protect seniors from abusive terms in reverse mortgages.

In order to ensure basic consumer protections and clear disclosure of relevant loan or other consumer financial information, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act also included a provision to establish a national watchdog of the financial industry. I supported the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from the beginning because I believe that the safety of financial products is as important as the safety of any consumer good. Finally, consumers have a single place where they can go to for help with credit cards, mortgages, student loans, and other financial products.

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July 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the House passed legislation by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29),  Vice-Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, to restore the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) 13(b) consumer protection powers to return money to defrauded consumers.

February 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, announced the introduction of a package of legislation to address serious problems that have emerged during the COVID-19 crisis.

January 28, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON  – Today, House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Chairman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr.

January 28, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee; Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee; Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee; and, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee reintroduced legislation to strengthen oversight of federal funds invested in COVID-19 research and development, and to protect patients from being price-gouged on CO

January 18, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement on her reappointment as Chairwoman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee:

“I’m honored to have been selected by my colleagues to serve a second term as chair the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee. Consumer protection is what drew me to public life, and I will continue to focus on the safety of products our families, especially our children, use every day.

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