The Sunrise Movement announced Thursday its endorsement of progressive Jessica Cisneros in her primary challenge to oust Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar and represent Texas\u0026#039; 28th Congressional District.\r\n\r\n\u0022She knows that it takes bold solutions to solve the crises we face.\u0022\r\n\r\nHuman rights and immigration attorney Cisneros in August launched her campaign to primary Cuellar for a second time after she narrowly lost to the establishment-backed incumbent in the 2020 primary election, though newly redrawn maps mean the district now has different boundaries.\r\n\r\nCuellar, who\u0026#039;s represented the South Texas district since 2005, has a 47% lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters, has been described by the Texas AFL-CIO as \u0022not on working people\u0026#039;s side,\u0022 and was recently criticized by NARAL Pro-Choice America for being \u0022the last anti-choice Democrat in the House.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe contrast between the two Democrats, Sunrise executive director Varshini Prakash said in a statement, is stark.\r\n\r\n\u0022As Texans froze to death during the Texas Freeze last winter, Henry Cuellar spent his winter cozying up to the people responsible for the climate disaster: fossil fuel corporations, while he left communities to fend for themselves,\u0022 said Prakash, whereas \u0022Cisneros fought for her community through that freeze.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022She understands the crises we face,\u0022 Prakash added, \u0022and she is ready to take power from corporate Democrats like Cuellar and give it back to her community.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nPrakash said her group is \u0022excited to endorse and put the power of our movement behind Cisneros because she knows that it takes bold solutions to solve the crises we face—that means passing a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, fighting for a pathway to citizenship, and more.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe declaration of support for Cisneros—the Sunrise Movement\u0026#039;s first House endorsement of the 2022 campaign cycle—followed previous endorsements Cisneros received from progressive groups including Indivisible, NARAL, and Working Families Party.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn an email to supporters Thursday, Justice Democrats called Sunrise\u0026#039;s endorsement a sign of growing momentum in a \u0022fight against corporate Democrat Henry Cuellar,\u0022 who \u0022has received more than $800,000 from the fossil fuel industry. He\u0026#039;s one the most conservative Democrats in the House, especially when it comes to climate change. We need to elect Jessica and defeat him.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The Democratic Party isn\u0026#039;t taking the bold action we need to solve the climate crisis,\u0022 the group wrote. \u0022The answer is right there in front of us: a Green New Deal. But lawmakers like Henry Cuellar and the rest of the corporate Democrats are holding us back. Cuellar doesn\u0026#039;t even want to take incremental steps on climate. That\u0026#039;s how bad he is.\u0022\r\n\r\nCisneros, for her part, also criticized the campaign cash Cuellar has received from oil and gas interests and accused him of \u0022consistently support[ing] policies that roll back protections that keep our water drinkable, our air breathable, and our communities safe from environmental threats.\u0022\r\n\r\nIn her statement vowing to \u0022fight for our families like our lives and planet depend on it\u0022 and welcoming Sunrise\u0026#039;s endoresment, Cisneros added: \u0022I know that our future depends on bold leaders and organizers who will step up to meet the moment and protect our planet, so I\u0026#039;m honored that they\u0026#039;re joining us to finish what we started together.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe primary is scheduled for March 1, 2022.