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 JayapalBand Portugal. The Man to join Sanders at campaign event in Tacoma Bloomberg builds momentum on Capitol Hill with new endorsements House Democrats' immigration bill would use tax dollars to import crime to America MORE (D-Wash.) is endorsing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Buttigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden 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 Ann WarrenPoll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey 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 PocanDemocrats call on Pompeo to restore funding to Gaza USDA takes heat as Democrats seek probe into trade aid 2020 Democratic hopefuls focus on Iowa while making final pitches MORE (D-Wis.) endorsed Sanders Thursday.

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The Vermont senator also earned the backing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.) last year. The high-profile endorsement helped boost Sanders support after his heart attack. Fellow freshmen Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIlhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Omar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat 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 CastroJulián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Harris, Castro introduce resolution condemning Trump aide Stephen Miller As Mexico abuses migrants under Trump's orders, where is Congress? 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 PressleyThere's no such thing as a free bus Don't let 'welfare for all' advocates derail administration's food stamp program reforms Tlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech MORE (D-Mass.), and liberal Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinHouse Democrats launch probe into NIH and FBI suspecting Chinese Americans of espionage Barr to testify before House Judiciary panel The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders, Buttigieg do battle in New Hampshire MORE (D-Md.) told The Hill he plans to formally endorse Warren soon.