Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman endorses Biden

Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman endorses Biden
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Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate Democrats press OSHA official on issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard MORE (D-Wa.) on Monday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report MORE for president, showing further unification of the Democratic Party ahead of the general election.

"While I have not always agreed with Vice President Biden 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 SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support 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."

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"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 PocanHouse punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate House cancels planned Thursday vote on FISA Pelosi pulls vote on FISA bill after Trump veto threat MORE (D-Wis.) threw his support behind Biden. 

Pocan, along with Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Khanna calls for internet 'fairness doctrine' in response to controversial Trump tweets Khanna: Coronavirus has 'accelerated' the need for rural broadband 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 Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday.