Rep. Ilhan Omar endorses Bernie Sanders for President

She's the only Minnesotan DFL representative not to endorse Amy Klobuchar.
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Rep. Ilhan Omar has given her endorsement in the Democratic Presidential race to Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Minnesota's 5th District representative has thrown her backing behind the progressive senator from Vermont, who won Minnesota in the Democratic caucuses in 2016.

Omar becomes the only of Minnesota's Democratic delegation in Congress not to back Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar for president.

Reps. Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, Betty McCollum and Collin Peterson, along with Sen. Tina Smith, have all endorsed Klobuchar.

"I have had the opportunity to work with Bernie Sanders up close on major policy initiatives," Rep. Omar said after Tuesday's Democratic debate.

"This summer, we introduced a bill to cancel all 1.6 trillion dollars in student debt –paid for with a small tax on Wall Street speculation. And this week, we announced another bold plan to provide school meals year-round to every student who wants one. I have seen the values that motivate him – and his commitment to building a movement that represents marginalized communities across this country.

"“Bernie is leading a working class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity, and geography. That is why he is fighting to cancel all student debt. That is why he is fighting to make all school meals universal. That is why he is fighting for a humane immigration policy that treats immigrants as human beings and not criminals. And it’s why Bernie is fighting to end our forever wars and truly prioritize human rights in our foreign policy–no matter who violates them. And it’s why I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020.”

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Omar is reportedly joined in her endorsement of Sanders by fellow freshman progressive House members, Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (New York) and Rashida Tlaib (Detroit).

Omar and Sanders announced their co-sponsored legislation to provide free school meals to every student in the country on Tuesday, saying it will lead to better academic performances, and fewer behavioral incidents.

Currently, only students from households below 185 percent of the federal poverty line ($47,600 for a family of four) can get free or subsidized school meals.

"Not all eligible students participate in the program, and many students whose families struggle to make ends meet are deemed ineligible," the press release from Sanders and Omar said.

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