Announcing Democratic Leadership Votes

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Lauren Underwood, Congresswoman-Elect for Illinois’ 14th District issued the following statement announcing the candidates she will support for House Democratic leadership positions:

“I am honored to represent my community in Washington and ready to get to work on their behalf, which is why House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has my support for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Leader Pelosi shares my commitments to passing legislation to lower health care costs, investing in our country’s infrastructure, protecting our communities from gun violence, instituting a policy solution for young DREAMers and ensuring integrity at the highest levels of our government.”

"I am also supporting Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Katherine Clark, and Rep. Cheri Bustos. The 116th Congress must deliver results for the families of northern Illinois and I am excited to support colleagues who reflect my commitment to Illinois' 14th District."

Underwood is supporting all of the following candidates for leadership positions in the U.S. House of Representatives:

Speaker of the House -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
House Majority Leader -- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer
House Majority Whip -- Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn
Assistant Democratic Leader -- Rep. Ben Ray Lujan
Democratic Caucus Chair -- Rep. Barbara Lee
Democratic Caucus Vice Chair -- Rep. Katherine Clark
Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee -- Rep. Cheri Bustos
5th Term Under Caucus Representative -- Rep. Terri Sewell

Thank you.

Team Underwood, I’m still floored by what an honor it is to be your new Congresswoman-elect. And I want to take a step back to reflect on the larger journey that brought us here.

I’m so grateful to live in a country where a story like mine is possible: where a regular, middle-class woman working full-time can get on the ballot, build a website, launch a campaign, and build a movement—a movement where everyday heroes like you have braved rain and snow to knock doors, talk to your neighbors, and connect across party lines to turn out every. Last. Vote.

The story of our campaign is not possible in every country, but it’s possible here. In the United States of America, we the people can come together to make our community, our country, a better place.

So, where do we go from here?

The 116th session of the U.S. Congress will convene January 3, 2019. And we have a lot of work to do. Quality, affordable health care is inaccessible to far too many, and the Affordable Care Act is in daily danger of being repealed. We continue to take inadequate action on climate change. Our leaders condone separating young children from their parents, declare the free press the enemy, cower to dictators, and pick fights with allies.

Enough. We will demand better.

From Day 1, I plan to come together with my colleagues in the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle—including dozens of newly- elected, glass-ceiling-shattering women representatives—to demand the changes and restoration our country needs.

We must be a beacon of hope. We must lead by example. And we must work together to get it done.

Your hard work won this race—and when I travel to Washington, I will take your voices and your values with me. I am your representative, and the representative for every member of our community, whether they voted for me or not. I work for you.

In the coming weeks, my team and I will continue to dialogue with the community to outline a policy agenda. And I cannot wait to get started.

We live in a country where a campaign like ours is possible—and going forward, with your help we’ll once again show the greatness our country is capable of.

Thank you again.

Proud to be a licensed registered nurse

It’s Election Day, and I'm traveling across the seven counties of the 14th District, visiting with voters and my team's dedicated volunteers. Randy Hultgren clearly saw polling numbers that made him nervous, so he staged a last minute press conference to discredit my professional work. Our voters deserve better than desperate political stunts from a career politician. They deserve honesty and responsiveness from their representative in Congress; Randy Hultgren has failed on both counts.

The facts are simple: I'm proud to be a licensed registered nurse in the state of Illinois and two other jurisdictions. I specialize in public health nursing. I have spent my career fighting for affordable, quality healthcare. Throughout my clinical training and decade of nursing experience, I have spent thousands of hours working with patients. I look forward to carrying the values of the 14th District with me to Washington to make real progress on issues like health care that are important to the families of this community.

Visit https://www.underwoodforcongress.com/facts to learn the facts.

Ladies, Call Your Girlfriends!

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You talk to your friends about the promotion you're going for, your best mile time, your in-laws––why not politics? We know it can be a little awkward, but this election couldn't be more important: it will impact our healthcare, job opportunities, our children's education, Social Security, and paid family leave. Ladies, call your girlfriends and share why you support Lauren Underwood for Congress. 

Our Community

Lauren Underwood released her fourth and final campaign ad “Our Community,” which features women from Illinois’ 14th district. “I am so proud to highlight some of the incredible women who work hard each day to improve our community,” Underwood said. “This community deserves better than a career politician who skips opportunities to engage with voters and consistently votes against our middle class families. I aim to be the champion this community deserves.”

Joe Biden is Coming!

We are thrilled to welcome a special guest to the 14th District: former Vice President Joe Biden!

Biden is encouraging Underwood supporters to cast their ballots early -- early voting is already underway in Illinois. To spread the word, Biden will host a rally at the Kane County Fairgrounds featuring GRAMMY award-winning blues artist Keb’ Mo’, among others.

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“I want folks to know that they don’t have to wait until Nov. 6 to cast their ballots,” said Biden. “This is going to be a tight race and I encourage everyone to head to the polls early to send Lauren to Congress.”

Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/biden4underwood. Event details, including how to earn access to the special viewing area, here.

Carrie & Tom

Lauren’s third campaign ad highlights the story of Plainfield residents Carrie and Tom Jackson. The couple’s son, Tyler, was diagnosed with cancer at age 18. Carrie attended Hultgren’s one and only town hall event of 2017, and heard her representative make a promise.

"When I attended Randy Hultgren's town hall in April 2017, I felt as though he made a personal promise to protect my son Tyler's health care. He broke that promise,” Carrie said. “Lauren Underwood heard the same promise. I’m voting for Lauren because she will fight for my son.”

Setting the record straight

Thanks to CBS Chicago for allowing me to set the record straight on my plans to make health care affordable for middle class families.

Most of my career has been in healthcare, but I know these baseless attacks are a sign that my opponent doesn’t want to talk about his record. The truth is that he has voted time and again to jeopardize our health care coverage. Voters in the 14th will not be distracted by a career politician’s attack ads.

How this Campaign Began

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I was working for a Medicaid managed care company in Chicago when I found myself at my opponent’s one and only public event of 2017. During that spring, the Congress took a series of healthcare repeal votes. I was watching the debate closely as a healthcare professional and a woman who was concerned about her own healthcare coverage. During that springtime public event more than a year ago, my opponent made a promise. He promised that he wouldn’t support a bill that didn’t provide affordable coverage options for people with pre-existing conditions. That promise was important to me, and I took him at his word.

Just a few weeks later, he cast one of the deciding votes for the American Healthcare Act, a version of repeal that would have made care unaffordable for those of us with pre-existing conditions.

I was very upset. Not only had he cast a vote that would harm his constituents, but he had broken his word. And I’m not willing to accept that. This community deserves better.

A representative should be transparent and honest about their votes, and make themselves accessible to our community. That’s what I’ve done throughout this campaign and that’s what I vow to do when I’m elected to Congress.

I’ve spent the past year traveling across the seven counties of the 14th District, and the most pressing issue I hear about is the lack of affordable healthcare. I’ve heard from seniors who struggle to pay for their prescription medication and families who have mortgaged their homes to pay for a loved one to go to rehab.

I worked on the Affordable Care Act (ACA): I’ve read the law, I understand it, and I know how to fix what doesn’t work. I propose three central reforms to lower costs:

  • Stabilizing healthcare premiums by properly funding and implementing the ACA’s risk adjustment provisions -- that will bring affordable coverage and greater options to more middle class families;

  • Lowering out-of-pocket costs by adjusting eligibility for tax credits in order to include more middle class families in assistance programs; and

  • Lowering drug prices -- the U.S. government is the nation’s single largest payer for health care, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We must leverage that strength to negotiate fair prices for the middle class.

Additionally, we must invest in comprehensive mental health care for our communities.

Fixing the ACA will require the Congress to properly fund the program. We have seen a cavalier sabotage of the law by Congressional Republicans. These reckless policies have increased uncertainty and volatility in our healthcare market, to the detriment of the 37,000 hard-working people in the 14th District who have have health insurance through the ACA marketplace. These actions represent politics at its worst.

The reforms I have outlined provide a net savings that create new efficiencies in our healthcare system while incentivizing patients to take advantage of important preventive health care services. Keeping our families healthy is not only the right thing to do––it saves money.

It's On!

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Lauren’s second campaign ad is on air! The ad, “It’s On”, tells the story of how the campaign came to be––with a broken healthcare promise from her Republican opponent in the IL-14 congressional race.

“He stood in front of us and promised to protect healthcare coverage for more than 300,000 people in our community with pre-existing conditions. Just a few weeks later, he cast a vote that would have jeopardized coverage for the people who need it most,” Underwood said. “When my congressman made that promise, I believed him. I believed him because it was personal. I’m a nurse who has taken care of patients with chronic illnesses and I have a pre-existing heart condition myself. I’m running for Congress because this community deserves better.”