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May 13, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden has extended another hand to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

After Sanders suspended his 2020 campaign and endorsed Biden as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Biden pledged to make inroads with Sanders' backers and adopted some of the progressive's policy proposals. That promise continued Wednesday as Biden and Sanders unveiled six "Unity Task Forces" made up of top supporters of both candidates.

The task forces on climate change, criminal justice reform, the economy, education, health care, and immigration are each a mix of progressive and more moderate Democrats. They're all aimed at "identifying ways to build on our progress and not simply turn the clock back to a time before Donald Trump, but transform our country, Biden said in a statement.

Notable names include Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who has pushed for Sanders' Medicare-for-all and will co-chair the health care task force along with Obama administration Surgeon General Vivek Murphy. Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, will co-chair a task force on climate change. Kathryn Krawczyk

April 14, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday urged his supporters to back former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee, saying President Trump will win in November if progressives "sit on their hands."

Last week, Sanders suspended his presidential bid, and he endorsed Biden on Monday. During an interview with The Associated Press, Sanders said if his loyalists take an active role in this election, they will "move Joe and his campaign in a more progressive direction," but if they sit it out, that will pave the way for "the most dangerous president in modern American history to get re-elected."

Sanders also told AP it would be "irresponsible" for his supporters not to back Biden just because they disagree with him on some issues, and predicted that there will soon be "significant movement on the part of the Biden campaign into a more progressive direction on a whole lot of issues." He then vowed to "do everything I can to help elect Joe. We had a contentious campaign. We disagree on issues. But my job now is to not only rally my supporters, but to do everything I can to bring the party together to see that [Trump] is not elected president." Catherine Garcia

August 26, 2019

You might have heard, but there are some tensions boiling within the Democratic Party right now, as the establishment center and progressive left wing have struggled to see eye to eye on a number of issues. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants to make sure that doesn't continue if she's elected president next year.

The New York Times reports that Warren, who generally espouses progressive views that often lean a little further to the left from the mainstream Democratic Party, is working overtime to bring the party's insiders over to her side and convince them her ideas aren't too fringe to unseat President Trump in the general election.

Warren is reportedly signaling to party leaders that she has no intention of staging a "political revolution," but instead wants to inject new life into the Democratic National Committee and help the party take back the Senate and retain the House. In short, she wants them to know she's a team player.

The Times reports that Warren is also attempting to make it clear within the party that she doesn't want there to be a competing power base — that is, between moderates and progressives — if she does assume office. The senator was even one of the first Democratic candidates to sign a pledge last month promising not to create any parallel political or organizing infrastructure that would compete with the Democratic Party on a national or state level going forward. Read more at The New York Times. Tim O'Donnell

July 18, 2017

A bipartisan group of governors issued a statement Tuesday praising senators for standing up to President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) proposal to repeal ObamaCare without an immediate replacement.

"Congress should work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing the market, and we are pleased to see a growing number of senators stand up for this approach," wrote governors including John Kasich of Ohio (R) and Montana's Steve Bullock (D). "The Senate should immediately reject efforts to 'repeal' the current system and replace sometime later."

Additional signatories include Larry Hogan of Maryland (R), John Bel Edwards of Louisiana (D), Bill Walker of Alaska (I), John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado (D), Charles D. Baker of Massachusetts (R), Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania (D), Phil Scott of Vermont (R), Terry McAuliffe of Virginia (D), and Brian Sandoval of Nevada (R). Jeva Lange

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