Senior policy figures allied with presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and his former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will work together in joint task forces in a bid to cement party unity ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Each of the six task forces has eight members and will be focused on health care, immigration, education, criminal justice reform, climate change, and the economy. They will seek to hammer out a consensus on six top policy issues and rally unified support behind Biden as he seeks to challenge President Donald Trump for the White House in November.
“A united party is key to defeating Donald Trump this November and moving our country forward through an unprecedented crisis,” Biden said in a statement. “The work of the task forces will be essential to identifying ways to build on our progress and not simply turn the clock back to a time before Donald Trump, but transform our country.”
“I commend Joe Biden for working together with my campaign to assemble a group of leading thinkers and activists who can and will unify our party in a transformational and progressive direction,” Sanders said in a statement.
Biden and Sanders differed throughout the primaries on a number of issues, particularly whether a government-run system should replace private health insurance. The former Vice President has continued to resist Sanderss “Medicare for All” plan and has instead promoted a public option that would operate alongside private coverage.
At the same time, Biden has shifted left on some policy positions, including proposals backed by Sanders to expand health care coverage eligibility, cancel student debt, and make it easier for individuals to declare bankruptcy. Many commentators see this as a way for Biden to win over the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party, aware that he will need those voters to turn out for him against Trump.
The Climate Change task force members include: Co-chair Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), former Secretary of State John Kerry, Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), Kerry Duggan, Catherine Flowers, Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Rep. Donald McEachin, and Varshini Parkash.
The Criminal Justice Reform task force members include: Co-chair Chiraag Bains, Co-Chair Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), State Senator Raumesh Akbari (D-Tenn.), State Rep. JusRead More From Source