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Biden and Sanders allies create 'unity task forces' to explore policy initiatives

Biden and Sanders allies create 'unity task forces' to explore policy initiatives

Allies to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE and former primary rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate MORE (I-Vt.) will form “unity task forces” to explore policy initiatives for the Democratic platform, the Biden campaign announced on Wednesday. 

Biden’s and Sanders’s campaigns are teaming up to create task forces to explore six policy issues and develop recommendations ahead of the Democratic National Convention. The task forces, each consisting of eight members, will examine climate change, criminal justice reform, economy, education, health care and immigration. 

The Biden campaign said in a statement that the goal is to put together the “most successful possible agenda for Democrats in 2020.” 

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Biden added that he wants to ensure the U.S. doesn’t just reset the clock “back to a time before Donald TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE.”

“A united party is key to defeating Donald Trump this November and moving our country forward through an unprecedented crisis,” the former vice president said. “As we work toward our shared goal, it is especially critical that we not lose sight of the pressing issues facing Americans.”

Sanders, meanwhile, said that in the "midst of the unprecedented economic and pandemic crises we face, the Democratic Party must think big, act boldly, and fight to change the direction of this country.” 

One of the co-chairs of the climate change task force will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Facebook, Zuckerberg 'bear partial responsibility' for insurrection Belfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington AOC's Ministry of Truth MORE (D-N.Y.), a prominent supporter of Sanders and a leader in the progressive movement. She will co-chair the panel alongside former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Biden's trade policy needs effective commercial diplomacy Biden taps ex-Obama aide Anita Dunn as senior adviser MORE

Analilia Mejia from the Sanders campaign and Carmel Martin from the Biden campaign will lead the initiative. 

Biden has taken steps to embrace progressive initiatives to win over the movement’s supporters, including expanding health care coverage eligibility through Medicare, canceling student debt for millions and resetting the bankruptcy system.