Representative Lauren Underwood

Representing the 14th District of Illinois

Jobs, Economy, and Small Business

“Economic security and opportunity are at the heart of my agenda in Congress. Whether it’s protecting access to health care, investing in local infrastructure, supporting our small business community, or improving our schools and universities, ensuring people in our district have the tools they need to live fulfilling lives is my highest priority.”

Congresswoman Underwood’s legislative agenda is centered on economic security and opportunity for the working families of the 14th District. She demonstrates this commitment by championing legislation to undo the damage done by the 2017 Republican tax law, specifically by allowing middle class taxpayers to avoid double taxation by deducting the amounts paid for state and local taxes (SALT) against their federal taxable income.

Congresswoman Underwood supports a broad approach to job creation and introduced legislation that would reduce health insurance premiums for people who purchase health care on their own, providing more people the flexibility to start their own businesses. She advocates for strategic investments in local transportation infrastructure, from highways to Metra commuter rail, to make the 14th a more convenient place to live and to stimulate job growth.

Congresswoman Underwood also champions legislation to increase federal funding for biomedical and scientific research, which supports Illinois’ Technology and Research Corridor and tens of thousands of high-paying 21st Century jobs in our communities.

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More on Jobs, Economy, and Small Business

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) spoke before the Ways and Means Committee to advocate for middle class families by promoting her legislation to provide tax relief to middle-class families who face new tax burdens under the 2017 Republican tax law. In March, Underwood introduced H.R.

March 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Sean Casten (IL-6) today announced the introduction of new legislation, H.R. 1757, that would provide tax relief to Illinois families unfairly harmed by a new tax burden included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The Republican tax law enacted in 2017 disproportionately hurts Illinoisans in the 14th and 6th Congressional Districts by imposing a new cap of the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction at $10,000, whether they file individually or jointly. This deduction was previously unlimited.