Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders

Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders
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Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (D-Wash.) is endorsing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Democrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' MORE (I-Vt.) in the presidential race. 

Jayapal said she plans to officially announce her endorsement Monday while campaigning with Sanders in Iowa, The Washington Post reported Sunday. 

The campaign announced the same day that Jayapal will be joining Sanders at a Monday rally in Des Moines.

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The congresswoman's endorsement comes just weeks before the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucus. 

Jayapal told the Post she’s backing Sanders because “he has a clarity on policy prescriptions that goes right to the heart of what working people need.” 

She told the newspaper she’ll also be named a national health policy chair for the campaign and a Washington State chair. 

Sanders has been battling with Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Mass.) for endorsements from progressive members of the party as they vie for the Democratic nomination. 

Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanBiden seeks to build Democratic support among unions Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — A warning shot on Biden's .5T plan Overnight Defense & National Security — America's longest war ends MORE (D-Wis.) endorsed Sanders Thursday.

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The Vermont senator also earned the backing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Photos of the Week: Renewable energy, gymnast testimonies and a Met Gala dress Ocasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan MORE (D-N.Y.) last year. The high-profile endorsement helped boost Sanders support after his heart attack. Fellow freshmen Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan Enough with the GDP — it's time to measure genuine progress Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats eye potential carbon price in reconciliation bill MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan 'Squad' members call on Biden to shut down Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota MORE (D-Mich.) also endorsed Sanders around the same time.

Ocasio-Cortez highlighted Jayapal’s announcement that she’ll be backing Sanders, tweeting that it’s a “really big deal.” 

Warren, however, has had her fair share of high-profile progressives endorsements. Among them, are Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHarris's delayed trip to Vietnam ratchets up Havana Syndrome fears Lawmakers flooded with calls for help on Afghanistan exit Lawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals MORE (D-Texas), as well as his brother Julián Castro who backed Warren after ending his own presidential bid. 

Warren was also endorsed by freshman Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHaitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes Advocates 'in utter disbelief' after Biden resumes Haitian repatriations Democratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels MORE (D-Mass.), and liberal Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinGOP seeks to keep spotlight on Afghanistan as Dems advance Biden's .5T spending plan Raskin writing memoir about Jan. 6, son's suicide House Democrats demand details after Border Patrol agents accused of profiling Latinos in Michigan MORE (D-Md.) told The Hill he plans to formally endorse Warren soon.