Lauren Underwood on a farm


It’s time to get the economy moving again.

On the issue:

Lauren’s legislative agenda is centered around a commitment to make our economy work for everyone.

Her agenda includes tax relief for families, paid family and medical leave, and strategic infrastructure investments like rural broadband, improved public transit and clean energy. Lauren continues to advocate for small businesses and workers who have lost income due to COVID-19. She supports trade agreements like the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) that allow Illinois farmers to sell their world-class crops on the free and fair market. Lauren aims to make the 14th a more convenient place to live and grow a business.

  • One of Lauren’s top priorities is allowing northern Illinois families to once again deduct the value of their state and local taxes (SALT) from their federal tax bill. This valuable deduction was scaled back to the detriment of middle-class families in the 2017 Republican Tax Law. Lauren introduced the first bill in the 116th Congress to ensure middle-class families can once again deduct their SALT and avoid double taxation, and championed an effort that resulted in the House passing legislation to eliminate the SALT cap — twice.
  • Lauren secured immediate financial support for individuals, emergency unemployment benefits, forgivable loans for Illinois’ small businesses, and a deferral of student loan payments for Illinoisians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Lauren helped introduce the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, or FAMILY Act—legislation to create a universal, national paid family and medical leave program that would allow both men and women to stay home from work to care for a new child or ill family member.
  • Lauren successfully extended the 2018 biodiesel tax credit to support Illinois’ rural economy and led a bipartisan letter to USDA calling on the agency to provide accurate crop data to Illinois farmers who rely on USDA data to make business decisions.
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