Jan Schakowsky

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12/21/2021

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12/20/2021

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Here are some updates on the most recent news from Congress, including #BuildBackBetter, combating Islamophobia, and the January 6th commission.

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Today marks the 48th anniversary of the Helms Amendment, an outdated, racist policy that forbids foreign countries from ...
12/17/2021
Representative Jan Schakowsky speaks out on the dangerous Helms Amendment

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the Helms Amendment, an outdated, racist policy that forbids foreign countries from using U.S. foreign assistance to provide abortions to people who need them.

For nearly half a century, the Helms Amendment has oppressed and controlled the reproductive health and future of people living in low- and middle-income countries, using the power of U.S. funding.

If the U.S. is serious about reproductive justice, then we must pass the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act and repeal the Helms Amendment once and for all.

Representative Jan Schakowsky tell us why we must repeal Helms and pass the Abortion is Health Care Everywhere Act

12/13/2021
Field hearing: Combating Gun Trafficking and Reducing Violence in Chicago

Violence fueled by illicit gun trafficking continues to take a toll on Chicago, with 2021 shaping up to be one of the worst years for deadly violence in the city’s history. Today's Senate Judiciary Committee field hearing will explore strategies to make Chicago—and all our communities—safer.

12/10/2021

Today, in my #SubConsumer hearing, we heard from witnesses about our work to hold #BigTech accountable. For too long Big Tech has acted without real accountability. But the time for self-regulation is over.

The internet has brought about more social connections, new communities and experiences & more economic opportunities.

But these benefits have come with steep costs.

Today’s internet is harming our children, our society, and our democracy. #BigTech #accountability #childsafety #internetsafety

I joined my friend and colleague @RepJohnLarson on the floor tonight to discuss what we are doing to protect and improve...
12/10/2021
Social Security Special Order

I joined my friend and colleague @RepJohnLarson on the floor tonight to discuss what we are doing to protect and improve Social Security. The Social Security 2100 Act addresses many concerns with the program and improves benefits for recipients.

I joined my colleague Congressman John Larson for a Special Order on Social Security. We discussed the Social Security 2100 Act, a bill introduced by Rep. La...

The last time unemployment claims were this low, I was fighting to get freshness dates on the food on our grocery shelve...
12/09/2021

The last time unemployment claims were this low, I was fighting to get freshness dates on the food on our grocery shelves. #BidenBoom #ThrowbackThursday

The last time unemployment claims were this low, I was fighting to get freshness dates on the food on our grocery shelves. #BidenBoom #ThrowbackThursday

The #BuildBackBetter Act is an investment in working families. A typical family of four in Illinois would receive or sav...
12/09/2021
What Build Back Better Means for Families in Every State – Third Way

The #BuildBackBetter Act is an investment in working families.

A typical family of four in Illinois would receive or save up to $8,700.

And the typical single mother of two would save as much as $16,600. For some families, that’s life changing.

Democrats’ Build Back Better Act includes a series of tax cuts and cost protections that will have an outsized effect on working and middle-income families with children.

Chairman Yarmuth on November Jobs Report
12/03/2021
Chairman Yarmuth on November Jobs Report

Chairman Yarmuth on November Jobs Report

Check out this statement from Chair Yarmuth and these charts to see how our recovery has outpaced economic projections.

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11/30/2021

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11/30/2021

Today President Joe Biden signed my Protecting Moms Who Served Act into law! This is the first bill of my Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act to be enacted!

The U.S. suffers unacceptable rates of preventable maternal mortality and veterans are uniquely at-risk. Through the Protecting Moms who Served Act, we will ensure that the VA is providing the highest quality maternal health care and support to veterans during and after their pregnancy.

I would like to thank Senator Tammy Duckworth, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, PhD, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and all of our Black Maternal Health Caucus Members and advocates for their dedication and support. This is a historic victory, but it’s just the beginning. I am as motivated as ever to pass the entire Momnibus so we can save moms’ lives in Illinois and across the country!

‼️DID YOU KNOW‼️ Big corporations are raking in more cash than ever – squeezing working families and jacking up inflatio...
11/30/2021
Fattest Profits Since 1950 Debunk Wage-Inflation Story of CEOs

‼️DID YOU KNOW‼️

Big corporations are raking in more cash than ever – squeezing working families and jacking up inflation with their profiteering.

Democrats are working to lower prices & ensure wealthy corporations finally pay their fair share.

In the second year of a pandemic that began by wiping out 20 million jobs, American workers are doing surprisingly well. It’s just that American business is doing even better.

It was my honor to join the community for tonight’s lighting of the Evanston menorah as we celebrate this Chanukah. #Hap...
11/30/2021

It was my honor to join the community for tonight’s lighting of the Evanston menorah as we celebrate this Chanukah. #HappyChanukah

It was my honor to join the community for tonight’s lighting of the Evanston menorah as we celebrate this Chanukah. #HappyChanukah

Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating! May this be a time of joy, for you and your family.  We hope this festival of l...
11/28/2021

Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating! May this be a time of joy, for you and your family.

We hope this festival of lights is a time for loved ones and friends to come together.

Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating! May this be a time of joy, for you and your family.

We hope this festival of lights is a time for loved ones and friends to come together.

11/27/2021

This Saturday is for small businesses!🛍

It's a beautiful day to get some holiday shopping done by supporting small businesses across Illinois. #SmallBusinessSaturday

11/27/2021

So thrilled that Ada Twist, Scientist made her debut in the Thanksgiving Day Parade! This brainy little girl is teaching young viewers how important it is to be curious, and how anyone can be a scientist—no matter their age or background. When I was younger, I didn't often see a lot of characters who looked like me on TV or in movies. I know that was the case for so many girls and boys, too. So I hope you’ll watch Ada Twist, Scientist with your family on Netflix!

Photos from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden's post
11/27/2021

Photos from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden's post

11/27/2021

The Omicron variant highlights what happens when we don’t stop this virus globally. That’s why #WTO should have an emergency virtual meeting of the General Council Monday to adopt #TRIPSwaiver! The Ministerial #MC12 is now postponed but the WTO should act now to remove Big Pharma’s monopoly on these vaccines. As President Joe Biden said today, the WTO must “meet the U.S. challenge to waive intellectual property protections for COVID vaccines, so these vaccines can be manufactured globally”

Happy Thanksgiving to all across the nation! May this be a time with love for you and your family.
11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving to all across the nation! May this be a time with love for you and your family.

Happy Thanksgiving to all across the nation! May this be a time with love for you and your family.

It was so exciting to join these Afghan refugees for their first Thanksgiving meal last night in my district. As @chicag...
11/24/2021

It was so exciting to join these Afghan refugees for their first Thanksgiving meal last night in my district. As @chicagosmayor pointed out, Chicago is a welcoming city, and we want to do everything we can to make these families feel at home here with us.

#refugees #Afghanistan #immigrants #Chicago

11/23/2021

The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear oral arguments for one of the most consequential abortion rights cases on December 1st. THIS AFFECTS EVERYONE. If ever there was a time to speak up for the constitution right to abortion, it is right now! For generations, SCOTUS has recognized that abortion is essential to a person’s participation in the social and economic life of the nation. Generations have relief on this right, the right to control their own bodies, to share their lives and futures. This sacred right, the right to abortion, should not be up for debate. The right to decide if or when to have a child is ESSENTIAL. Being able to have bodily autonomy, to make personal decisions about our bodies and our futures, is central to EVERY person’s liberty. #AbortionIsEssential

11/22/2021

Join Rep. Schakowsky and other important stakeholders to hear about the critically important auto safety provisions in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

By investing in American families, workers and the middle class, we can:✅ Revitalize our economy✅ Create millions of new...
11/19/2021

By investing in American families, workers and the middle class, we can:
✅ Revitalize our economy
✅ Create millions of new jobs
✅ Combat the climate crisis
✅ Ensure no community is left behind.
That is why I support the #BuildBackBetter Act.

By investing in American families, workers and the middle class, we can:
✅ Revitalize our economy
✅ Create millions of new jobs
✅ Combat the climate crisis
✅ Ensure no community is left behind.
That is why I support the #BuildBackBetter Act.

Today, I VOTED to #BuildBackBetter!We need legislation that is transformative for families, with the expanded Child Tax ...
11/19/2021
Schakowsky Statement on the Passage of the Build Back Better Act

Today, I VOTED to #BuildBackBetter!

We need legislation that is transformative for families, with the expanded Child Tax Credit, child care & universal pre-K, expanded health care & lower prescription drug costs. That’s why I VOTED to #BuildBackBetter!

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, a senior member of the House Budget Committee, and a Co-Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Aging and Families, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5376, President Biden....

11/18/2021

The #BuildBackBetter Act delivers once-in-a-generation action to lower the everyday costs that burden working families in Illinois & around the country – from health care to child care & more – fully paid for by making big corporations & the wealthiest pay their fair share.

#families #childcare #careeconomy #eldercare #preschool #children #forthepeople #children

11/18/2021

The #BuildBackBetter Act delivers once-in-a-generation action to lower the everyday costs that burden working families in Illinois and around the country – from health care to child care & more – fully paid for by making big corporations & the wealthiest pay their fair share.

Today we say, Thanks birth control! Everyone deserves access to the birth control method that works for their body and t...
11/17/2021
Exclusive: Lawmakers Push Ahead With Protecting Birth Control Access - Rewire News Group

Today we say, Thanks birth control! Everyone deserves access to the birth control method that works for their body and their life. That’s why it’s more important than ever to uplift the right to bodily autonomy and access to the FULL range of birth control methods. Birth control IS health care. That is why I am a PROUD original cosponsor of the Access to Birth Control Act, to guarantee people’s timely access to birth control at the pharmacy. #ThxBirthControl!

On #ThxBirthControl Day, a Democratic coalition of lawmakers reintroduced the Access to Birth Control Act.

11/17/2021

Birth 👏🏽 Control 👏🏽 Is 👏🏽 Health 👏🏽 Care 👏🏽 #ThxBirthControl

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I truly hope someone on your staff takes time to listen to today's 9/20/21- WBEZ- Jen White 1A discussion of the Long Term Care {Nursing Homes} 'industry'. Inadequate Staffing. Nursing Aides paid Less than Amazon warehouse workers & Fast Food workers. Nursing Aide employment in the top five most dangerous occupations! This is a problem that existed long before Covid.
Rep. Schakowski, Social Security is the retirement life blood for so many Americans and must be adequately funded for all future beneficiaries. I suggest you consider the following: 1. Reduce the effective SST for employees and employers to 3.2%. Raise the effective tax on income from $142,000 to $500,000. 3. Reduce the effective tax on self-employed from 12% to 8%. I believe this would have wide acceptance by not only lowering taxes and simultaneously raising revenue for our future generations.
Wouldn't it be nice to take all the money the United states currently spends on the War in Afganastan to ear mark those funds to REBUILD the infrastructure of the country !!
Congresswoman Schakowsky Please review my recent email to Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene on the subject of Presidential Impeachment below>>>>> Congresswoman Taylor Greene I concur with your three articles of Impeachment intent on removing Joe Biden from office. The Biden- Harris Administration has proven its intent to destroy America (its liberty, its security, its wealth, its health, its patriots). God Bless you. Jeffrey Wolfe Pennsylvania 8-28-21 copy to members of Congress copy to family and friends
Why doesn't the Democratic party support our President? The Dems on television are blasting our President for this Afghanistan mess caused by Trump. You expect partisan misinformation from Republicans but I have never seen the lack of support that this president is getting from his own party.
Seeing what is taking place in Florida and other states; Why are politicians not held accountable for knowingly passing legislation that causes harm/death of thousands of it citizens?
The Essential Caregivers Act (H.R. 3733) is bipartisan legislation that gives residents of nursing homes the right to access essential caregivers during any public health emergency. Learn more in CV's brief: https://bit.ly/3fOqPoK
Rep. Schakowsky, Let us make certain that NEVER AGAIN our loved ones will ever be in a total lockdown. Help us to pass HR 3733 Essential Caregivers Act that gives every loved one in nursing homes 2 essential caregivers up to 12 hours a day in case of another Public Health Emergency. Thank you for all that you do for our most vulnerable, Support The Essential Caregivers Act (H.R. 3733) What is H.R. 3733, the Essential Caregivers Act? H.R. 3733 is legislation that gives residents of nursing homes the right to access essential caregivers (ECs) during any public health emergency. An essential caregiver is a person, designated by the resident, who can enter the facility, even when visitation is shut down during a public health emergency, to provide support, assistance, and companionship to the resident. Very often, this person is a family member. Each resident can select up to two essential caregivers. These visits will be guaranteed as long as the essential caregiver follows all the safety and infection protocols required of staff so they do not pose any increased risk to resident safety. Essential caregivers who refuse to follow the same protocols will be denied entry. Why is Resident Access to Essential Caregivers a Concern? The pandemic was determined to be a nationwide public health emergency. While nursing home residents have the right to unrestricted visitation, part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) response to the public health emergency was to prohibit nursing home visitation due to safety concerns. This shut out family and others who support and assist residents. For months, residents had no in-person access to visitors, with a small exception for residents experiencing serious decline or emotional distress. Even now, as restrictions are being eased, visitation remains limited in many nursing homes. The impact on residents of shutting down or significantly curtailing visitation has been devastating. Why is the Essential Care Act Important for Nursing Home Residents? The Act is critical to resident well-being because it: Ensures residents receive critical support and assistance Many residents rely on family and friends who serve as ECs to provide vital assistance and care. ECs help residents with daily tasks, such as eating, drinking, turning over in bed, dressing in clean clothes, toileting, and grooming. This is especially important when facilities are short-staffed, as they have been throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. ECs also provide emotional support and companionship. Without regular and adequate access to ECs during the pandemic, residents have suffered serious physical and mental decline. At the end of last year, it was estimated that for every two nursing home residents who died of COVID-19, another resident died of non-COVID-19 related causes, including neglect and isolation. 1 Permits those serving as ECs to monitor residents’ care In addition to providing hands-on assistance, family members who are ECs help ensure resident well-being and safety by being physically present in facilities to oversee their care. This allows ECs to monitor the delivery of services to their loved ones and detect and report any concerns so they can be addressed. The absence of visitors to do this over the past year and a half has meant that many residents’ needs went unmet. As a result, numerous residents did not receive even the most basic level of care.2 Guarantees daily visits of sufficient length to benefit/support residents even during a public health emergency Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the guidance provided by CMS allowed for enormous facility discretion. Facilities have been permitted to restrict visitation however and whenever they choose. Sixteen months into the pandemic and with the majority of residents fully vaccinated, there are still facilities that limit visits to 15 minutes and only allow visitation during working hours or only a few days a week. 3 Even “compassionate care” visits for residents experiencing significant decline and/or distress are erroneously and unnecessarily limited, despite CMS’s directive that such visits should be permitted at all times and in all situations. The Essential Caregivers Act addresses the suffering residents experienced due to the ban on visitation. It allows essential caregivers to visit for 12 hours per day, explains the protocol they must follow, and lays out exactly how and why they can be excluded. It helps ensure that residents receive the visits, care, and assistance they need in future public health emergencies. What Can Members of Congress Do? COVID-19 has shown us that banning all visitation can be as dangerous as the disease the ban is trying to prevent. The Essential Caregivers Act is a commonsense, balanced way to ensure that residents remain safe during a public health emergency, yet do not suffer the same devastating consequences from the visitation ban that they have over the past year. We urge you to: • Co-sponsor H.R. 3733, The Essential Caregivers Act. • Support H.R. 3733, The Essential Caregivers Act. SAY YES TO H.R. 3733 Thank you for your support, Deborah Buchanan
Representative Schakowsky, please support the International Affairs Budget!
Hello Jan, Will you please push for covid booster shots for immune compromised people? Due to my medication for RA I am certain that a booster would go along way to keeping me safer from the Delta virus. I have no way to know who is vaccinated, who is not and who is just outright lying about their status. This causes “us” to have to double mask or continue to stay isolated as we have been this past year plus. With younger children often A symptomatic, an immune compromised individual who is vaccinated, may be at a much bigger risk for a break through case of covid. For those of us who are fighting to stay alive, stay healthy it is imperative for us to get the critical extra booster so we too, can feel some sense of safety and a semi return to a more normal life. Jan, please get behind Pfizer and get a booster for immune compromised, transplant patients and those going through chemotherapy or other cancer treatments as well as many other illnesses. If there is anything I can do to help get this done, please ask. Thank you.
You want taxpayers to pay for abortions , not only in the USA, but foreign countries? Why don't you donate your salary, which we pay for, to your murderous causes. FYI, Your mother should have been aborted!