WBEZ | Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky http://www.wbez.org/tags/congresswoman-jan-schakowsky Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Representative Schakowsky calls Congressman Walsh 'crazy' for his comments about debt ceiling http://www.wbez.org/story/representative-schakowsky-calls-congressman-walsh-crazy-his-comments-about-debt-ceiling-89172 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-14/janschakowsky_ap_Lauren Victoria Burke.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky lashed out at her Republican colleague Joe Walsh today for accusing President Obama of lying about the debt ceiling.</p><p>Walsh released a video yesterday accusing the White House of using scare tactics in the debate about raising the national debt limit.</p><p>"Calling President Obama a liar about the default, when every single economist has said how devastating this would be – for Joe Walsh to say the nation’s markets won’t be affected - Is he kidding? Is he crazy? What is it?" said the Congresswoman.</p><p>She also argued that the Republicans are "irresponsible" for sticking with their plan to cut spending but not raise taxes, and said that, "To now hold that rather perfunctory and essential process hostage to their ideological crusade to cut essential government programs while not raising one penny of taxes for the wealthiest or for corporations, is utterly irresponsible."</p><p>Moody’s has already warned that they would degrade the standing of our bonds, and this is Armageddon, economically," she added.</p><p>President Obama says the country will default if Congress doesn't increase the debt limit by August 2nd.</p><p>As for reports that the President "walked out of" debt discussions, Schakowsky smacked down those allegations.</p><p>"The president ended the meeting, the meeting was over," she said.</p><p>A Walsh spokesman did not return a call for comment.</p></p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/representative-schakowsky-calls-congressman-walsh-crazy-his-comments-about-debt-ceiling-89172 Federal standards now in effect for cribs http://www.wbez.org/story/federal-standards-now-effect-cribs-88463 <p><p>As of Tuesday, new federal safety standards will make selling certain cribs illegal in the United States. Everyone from yard sale organizers to mass manufacturers must adhere to the law, or else they could face civil penalties.</p><p>The new standards make the sale of drop-side cribs illegal. All other cribs are to be tested by independent labs for durability, mattress and slat support strength and must have warnings that instruct parents about when (age-wise) children should be using cribs.</p><p>Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, sponsored the original legislation.</p><p>“The fact that children have been injured or killed by these types of products and accidents that were 100 percent preventable is unconscionable,” Schakowksy said.</p><p>Schakowsky introduced the Infant Toddler Durable Product Safety Act in 2001. Provisions of the bill were then incorporated into the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act which was signed into law by President George Bush in 2008.</p><p>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Tuesday the enforcement of these laws will be challenging. She said her office will continue to search stores, as well as websites like Craigslist for noncompliant cribs.</p><p>The law does not make it illegal for parents to use already purchased or hand-me-down cribs that are not compliant with new standards.</p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 18:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/federal-standards-now-effect-cribs-88463 Schakowsky: Gas prices could cause another recession http://www.wbez.org/story/congresswoman-jan-schakowsky/schakowsky-says-gas-prices-could-cause-another-recession <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/P1010056.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicagoans are paying steep prices at the gas pump lately. It's prompted one Chicago congresswoman to call for action against the oil companies.</p><p>U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Chicago, said Monday gas prices are so high, they could create another recession.</p><p>&quot;I think we need to put on the table everything, including dipping into the reserves, in order to avoid that,&quot;&nbsp;Schakowsky siad. She said the U.S. government should end its subsidies to oil companies because their profits are so high.</p><p>Meantime, new statistics from AAA show Chicagoans are paying an average of $3.72 per gallon at gas pumps. That's 37 cents higher than last month.</p><p>&quot;We're seeing very, very high oil prices for, really, any time of the year,&quot;&nbsp;Beth Mosher, a spokeswoman for the organization, said. &quot;The situation in Libya, the unrest in Libya, has prices very, very high.&quot;</p><p>Mosher suggests commuters stick to public transit - since prices aren't expected to come down for at least the next few weeks.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/congresswoman-jan-schakowsky/schakowsky-says-gas-prices-could-cause-another-recession Lawmakers reassess security in wake of AZ shootings http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman/lawmakers-reassess-security-wake-az-shootings <p><p>&nbsp;Many members of Congress are reassessing their security at public events after this weekend's shootings in Arizona.&nbsp;The violent incident killed six people, including a federal judge, and injured many more, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.</p> <div>The shooting happened while Giffords was meeting with constituents at a public event near a supermarket in Tucson. Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky says she often holds events exactly like that.&nbsp;&ldquo;Does it make you think twice? Because frankly, I don't think twice when I have an event,&rdquo; said Schakowsky. &ldquo;Yes, it does,&rdquo; she continued. &ldquo;But I am not considering at this time changing overall my behavior in terms of my accessibility to constituents.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But Schakowsky says she will heed suggestions from the Sergeant at Arms, the House&rsquo;s top law enforcement and security official.&nbsp;Security was part of a giant conference call discussion on Sunday for members of Congress and their spouses. On the call, Schakowsky says House members were told they'd get briefings this week on how to handle their security.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Already, Schakowsky says she&rsquo;s received a call from the chief of police in Evanston, where she lives, to offer protection at her public events.</div></p> Sun, 09 Jan 2011 23:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/arizona-rampage-congresswoman/lawmakers-reassess-security-wake-az-shootings Schakowsky says she won't support tax breaks for the wealthy http://www.wbez.org/story/congresswoman-jan-schakowsky/schakowsky-says-she-wont-support-tax-breaks-wealthy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Jan_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congressional Democrats are holding firm against a plan to extend tax cuts from President George W. Bush's time in office. That includes Democrats from President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois.</p><p>Mr. Obama wants to extend tax cuts for wealthy Americans in addition to the middle class. In exchange, Republicans say they'll support an extension of long-term unemployment benefits.</p><p>But Democrats, like Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, say they won't support the bill.</p><p>&quot;It isn't so much anger at the president as it is the prerogative of the House of Representatives to assert its role in this whole process,&quot; Schakowsky said.</p><p>Schakowsky called the plan the equivalent of giving a tax break to Paris Hilton. She said the cuts help the rich get richer.</p><p>Meantime, Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior says he's worried the deal will lead to cuts in social programs. Mr. Obama says if Congress approves the cuts, he will push for an overhaul of the tax system in the next two years.</p></p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 18:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/congresswoman-jan-schakowsky/schakowsky-says-she-wont-support-tax-breaks-wealthy