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Seven years ago, love won. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the fundamental right to marriage is guaran...
12/08/2022

Seven years ago, love won. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the fundamental right to marriage is guaranteed to same-sex couples. Today, love won again, the Respect for Marriage Act, which enshrines same-sex marriage into law, is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk! As the proud grandmother of LGBTQ+ grandchildren, I will not stop fighting until everyone is accepted for who they are.

Title IX wouldn't have been possible without Patsy Mink, a mentor of mine and a true advocate for so many. Yesterday wou...
12/07/2022

Title IX wouldn't have been possible without Patsy Mink, a mentor of mine and a true advocate for so many. Yesterday would've been Patsy's 95th birthday, so we honored her with a screening in the Capitol of MINK!, a new documentary that chronicles her remarkable life and journey. Thank you, Breakwater Studios, for such a touching tribute to Patsy, the first woman of color Member of Congress. I was honored to celebrate Patsy's accomplishments with her daughter, Wendy, Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Patsy laid the groundwork, now we must continue the fight.

🚨🚨🚨If you are 65 and older, don't forget: you have until Dec. 7th - tomorrow - to join Medicare or change your Part D pl...
12/06/2022
Welcome to Medicare | Medicare

🚨🚨🚨If you are 65 and older, don't forget: you have until Dec. 7th - tomorrow - to join Medicare or change your Part D plan. Go to Medicare.gov to explore your options and sign up!

Open Enrollment ends Dec 7 Find Plans Welcome to Medicare Get Started with Medicare Get Started Log in or create an account Access your information anytime, anywhere Log in/Create Account Find health & drug plans Find & compare plans in your area Find Plans Now Find care providers Compare hospitals,...

12/05/2022

Please join Senator Tammy Duckworth and I tonight at 6pm for a virtual discussion on the urgent need for affordable care...
11/28/2022
Illinois Care Roundtable Discussion

Please join Senator Tammy Duckworth and I tonight at 6pm for a virtual discussion on the urgent need for affordable care for families and decent pay for caregivers who are largely underpaid women of color. RSVP here:

Every Illinoisan should have access to high-quality and affordable care programs like paid leave, child care, and long-term services. RSVP for and learn more about our upcoming Illinois Care Roundtable here.

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with love, laughter, and peace. I’d like to give a s...
11/24/2022

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with love, laughter, and peace.

I’d like to give a special thanks to all the essential workers who are missing time with their loved ones today. I’m so appreciative for all you do.

11/23/2022

For most Dreamers, our nation is the only home they have ever known. We must create a pathway to citizenship.

As we look for gifts this holiday season, we must ensure that toys bring joy, not injury. For decades, Illinois PIRG’s a...
11/22/2022

As we look for gifts this holiday season, we must ensure that toys bring joy, not injury. For decades, Illinois PIRG’s annual toy safety report has helped hold stores accountable for unsafe toys. One simple step we can take is to go to saferproducts.gov to browse recalls. We have made great progress when it comes to toy safety. My bill, the INFORM Consumers Act, which passed the House last week, will prevent the sale of stolen, dangerous, counterfeit products. I’m proud to be in this fight with Illinois Attorney General, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, and Kids In Danger.

11/22/2022
11/17/2022

The Rohingya Culture Center is a safe haven for thousands of Rohingya refugees who arrive in Chicago. Not only does the ...
11/16/2022

The Rohingya Culture Center is a safe haven for thousands of Rohingya refugees who arrive in Chicago. Not only does the center provide English language instruction, but staff also help refugees gain citizenship. It was an honor to celebrate over 90 individuals who are now Americans!

11/16/2022

Americans have become increasingly concerned that their online data is being exploited and abused. These concerns are warranted because weak laws have allowed American tech companies to invade people's privacy. Musk’s takeover of Twitter has made matters even worse.

How time flies! One year ago, President Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Bill became law. I included several vehicle safety pr...
11/15/2022

How time flies! One year ago, President Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Bill became law. I included several vehicle safety provisions in the bill, including drunk driving prevention technology. In addition, historic investments were made in our communities and thousands of good jobs were created.

11/15/2022
Honoring !

Trans rights are human rights! 🏳️‍⚧️

I had such a fun time at the centennial celebration of Gale Community Academy! My mom was a longtime teacher at Gale, it...
11/12/2022

I had such a fun time at the centennial celebration of Gale Community Academy! My mom was a longtime teacher at Gale, its always had a special place in my heart. Our students need us more than ever right now, we must ensure they have the resources they need to succeed.

Today and every day, we honor our veterans who bravely answered the call of duty to ensure the well-being and security o...
11/11/2022

Today and every day, we honor our veterans who bravely answered the call of duty to ensure the well-being and security of our great nation. Not only do veterans deserve our respect and recognition, but they also deserve to know that we have their backs.

I tried out for the Sullivan High School cheerleading team twice, unfortunately, I didn’t make it either time. But, that...
11/10/2022

I tried out for the Sullivan High School cheerleading team twice, unfortunately, I didn’t make it either time.

But, that didn’t stop me! Ever since, I’ve dedicated my life to cheering on the Sullivan Tigers. Words can’t express how honored I am to receive this recognition!

Thank you to the people of Illinois’ 9th Congressional District for choosing me to be your voice in Congress, it is trul...
11/09/2022

Thank you to the people of Illinois’ 9th Congressional District for choosing me to be your voice in Congress, it is truly an honor! I will continue to fight for a more equitable and just world. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance. https://schakowsky.house.gov/contact

Decisions are made by those who show up, and I want you to have a seat at the table. Voting is your right, and your resp...
11/07/2022
Check Voter Registration Deadlines and Laws in Your State

Decisions are made by those who show up, and I want you to have a seat at the table. Voting is your right, and your responsibility. Are you registered to vote? Check here:

Official voter registration website of the US federal government. Register to vote. Learn the voting registration deadlines and laws in your state.

11/02/2022

While Democrats are lowering prescription drug prices, making record investments in our climate, and strengthening the economy, Republican officials are focused on stripping away women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies.

The Howard Area Community Center serves thousands of community members and families every year. No one wants to see earl...
10/31/2022

The Howard Area Community Center serves thousands of community members and families every year. No one wants to see early childhood classrooms close due to a lack of funding. We must ensure that community centers have the resources they need to support all families and students.

Imagine getting your high school diploma and associates degree at the same time. That’s a possibility at Chicago’s Uplif...
10/27/2022

Imagine getting your high school diploma and associates degree at the same time. That’s a possibility at Chicago’s Uplift Community High School. Thanks to Uplift’s outstanding leadership and state-of-the-art facilities, students are set up for success. Keep up the great work, Principal Graham!

Sadly, job opportunities for disabled adults are few and far between. Will's Place Skokie, a cafe opening next year, hop...
10/27/2022

Sadly, job opportunities for disabled adults are few and far between. Will's Place Skokie, a cafe opening next year, hopes to change that. They plan to provide jobs to adults with developmental disabilities.

Thanks for the warm welcome, Will! I can’t wait to try your sandwiches.

Yesterday was a spectacular day! I witnessed 65 immigrants from 25 different countries become American citizens. As a fi...
10/25/2022

Yesterday was a spectacular day! I witnessed 65 immigrants from 25 different countries become American citizens. As a first generation American myself, I know just how special this day is. We are a nation of immigrants. Welcome home!🇺🇸

I’d like to wish everyone who is celebrating a joyous and bright !May your day be filled with family, friends, and light...
10/24/2022

I’d like to wish everyone who is celebrating a joyous and bright !

May your day be filled with family, friends, and light.

10/20/2022

It takes a village to raise a child. The Healthy Families America program is a home visiting model that guides parents before and after their child is born. I spent time with some amazing families who were brought to tears over how much this program means to them. Families need our support.

10/19/2022

Time and time again, women in the trade industry are subjected to criticism and doubts about their abilities. We can’t stand for this type of discrimination. I joined Secretary Gina Raimondo and Journeywomen to discuss how we can shatter this cement ceiling and get more women involved.

10/18/2022

Environmental Town Hall

10/18/2022
Calling all middle school and high school students! The Congressional App Challenge is a fantastic way to showcase your ...
10/14/2022
Congressional App Challenge

Calling all middle school and high school students! The Congressional App Challenge is a fantastic way to showcase your coding skills and innovation. Remember to create and submit your original apps by November 1st. Check out the website below for more information.

The Congressional App Challenge is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education fields. This nationwide event allows high school students from across the country to compete against their peers by creating and ex...

10/12/2022

If the Inflation Reduction Act’s $35 Insulin cap was in effect in 2020, a Medicare beneficiary in my district enrolled in a Medicare plan could've saved $1,433 per year. This is a matter of life and death. Shame on the Republicans who want to repeal this law.

As Texas continues to bus migrants to Chicago, Tapestry 360 Health (formerly known as Heartland Health Centers) is on th...
10/11/2022

As Texas continues to bus migrants to Chicago, Tapestry 360 Health (formerly known as Heartland Health Centers) is on the frontlines treating migrants’ medical needs. I was honored to celebrate Tapestry’s work and their renaming today. I look forward to continuing our partnership.

10/04/2022

As the sun begins to set, I’m wishing a meaningful and reflective fast to all those observing Yom Kippur. G'mar Chatimah Tovah!

10/03/2022

🚨🚨🚨Republicans in Congress want to do away with Social Security. We must fight to protect this precious program.

It’s not a gift, it’s something you’ve paid for with every paycheck. It’s YOUR money! Thank you to Patient Advocate, Peter Morley, for all your work to

Every constitution in the world written since the year 1950 has the equivalent of an Equal Rights Amendment. We need equ...
09/28/2022

Every constitution in the world written since the year 1950 has the equivalent of an Equal Rights Amendment. We need equal rights for women now. Thanks to Illinois Attorney General for taking this battle to court and for fighting on behalf of women all across the country.

To all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the 9th District, and across the nation, I want to wish you a happy new year!M...
09/25/2022

To all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah in the 9th District, and across the nation, I want to wish you a happy new year!

May this new year bring us all peace, joy, and prosperity!

Welcome back to Chicago, Madam Vice President!🇺🇸🤗💪🏻
09/16/2022

Welcome back to Chicago, Madam Vice President!🇺🇸🤗💪🏻

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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!
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