Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman endorses Biden

Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman endorses Biden
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Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Progressive Caucus co-chair: Whistleblower complaint raises questions about 'entire detention system' Buttigieg, former officials added to Biden's transition team MORE (D-Wa.) on Monday endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden looks to expand election battleground into Trump country Trump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally Special counsel investigating DeVos for potential Hatch Act violation: 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 SandersJacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee Trump campaign plays up Biden's skills ahead of Cleveland debate: 'He's actually quite good' Young voters backing Biden by 2:1 margin: poll 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 PocanClark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Hillicon Valley: Pentagon reaffirms decision to award JEDI contract to Microsoft | Schiff asks officials for briefing on election security threats Democrats explore new ways to resurrect election security briefings MORE (D-Wis.) threw his support behind Biden. 

Pocan, along with Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaThe Hill Interview: Jerry Brown on climate disasters, COVID-19 and Biden's 'Rooseveltian moment' Congress needs to prioritize government digital service delivery DeJoy defends Postal Service changes at combative House hearing 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 PelosiTrump puts Supreme Court fight at center of Ohio rally CDC causes new storm by pulling coronavirus guidance Overnight Health Care: CDC pulls revised guidance on coronavirus | Government watchdog finds supply shortages are harming US response | As virus pummels US, Europe sees its own spike MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday.