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 JayapalHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-Wash.) is endorsing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPresident Trump faces Herculean task in first debate The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by JobsOhio - Trump's tax return bombshell New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments 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 WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's tax bombshell | More election drama in Pennsylvania | Trump makes up ground in new polls New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' 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 PocanOvernight Defense: Nearly 500 former national security officials formally back Biden | 40 groups call on House panel to investigate Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds 40 groups call on House panel to investigate Pentagon's use of coronavirus funds Overnight Defense: Pentagon redirects pandemic funding to defense contractors | US planning for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May | Anti-Trump GOP group puts ads in military papers MORE (D-Wis.) endorsed Sanders Thursday.

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The Vermont senator also earned the backing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump Jr on father's taxes: 'People don't understand what goes into a business' Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? MORE (D-N.Y.) last year. The high-profile endorsement helped boost Sanders support after his heart attack. Fellow freshmen Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge 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 CastroDisinformation, QAnon efforts targeting Latino voters ramp up ahead of presidential election Pompeo accused of stumping for Trump ahead of election Florida Democrat asks FBI to investigate anti-Semitic, racist disinformation 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 PressleyEnding the Hyde Amendment is no longer on the backburner Fauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Time's 100 Most Influential People list Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D-Mass.), and liberal Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  House passes sweeping clean energy bill | Pebble Mine CEO resigns over secretly recorded comments about government officials  | Corporations roll out climate goals amid growing pressure to deliver On The Money: House panel pulls Powell into partisan battles | New York considers hiking taxes on the rich | Treasury: Trump's payroll tax deferral won't hurt Social Security House panel pulls Powell into partisan battles over pandemic MORE (D-Md.) told The Hill he plans to formally endorse Warren soon.