Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman endorses Biden

Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman endorses Biden
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Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalNurses union lobbies Congress on health care bills during National Nurses Week White House raises refugee cap to 62,500 The Hill's Morning Report - Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with 'thank you, Georgia' MORE (D-Wa.) on Monday endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president, showing further unification of the Democratic Party ahead of the general election.

"While I have not always agreed with Vice President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE on matters of policy, I am ready to work with him to craft and then implement the most progressive agenda of any candidate in history," Jayapal, who was a vocal supporter of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel On The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Symone Sanders 'hurt' at being passed over for press secretary: report MORE's (I-Vt.) campaign, said in a statement. 

“Our progressive movement of people organizing in the streets and in the halls of Congress has only grown bigger and more diverse, and we have made enormous strides towards racial, gender, and economic justice," she continued. "We are ready for a President who will encourage us to be as big as we can be, with compassion and bold leadership."


"That President must be Joe Biden, and I will do everything I can to help him win back the White House, take back the Senate, and preserve our House Majority," she said. 

Jayapal's endorsement comes one week after the caucus's other co-chairman, Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanProgressives divided over efforts to repeal SALT cap Left feels empowered after Biden backtracks on refugees NIH reverses Trump administration's ban on fetal tissue research MORE (D-Wis.) threw his support behind Biden. 

Pocan, along with Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaHouse conservatives take aim at Schumer-led bipartisan China bill Medical supplies arriving in India amid surge in COVID-19 infections Overnight Health Care: US to share millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses with other countries | Biden speaks with Prime Minister Modi as COVID-19 surges in India MORE (D-Calif.), who endorsed Biden last week, served as co-chairmen of Sanders's campaign. 

Sanders endorsed Biden earlier this month at a virtual event, pledging to do everything in his power to help Biden defeat Trump in November. 

The unification of progressives and moderates has happened earlier in 2020 than it did it in 2016, when Sanders did not endorse the 2016 Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, until roughly two weeks before the party's July convention.

Biden has received a number of endorsements from Democrats of all stripes in recent days, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden reverses Trump limits on transgender protections The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns This week: Congressional leaders to meet with Biden amid GOP reckoning MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday.