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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

The Sierra Club and Tom Steyer's NextGen America, as well as veteran Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), are among the first backers of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) upcoming resolution calling for a Green New Deal.

Where it stands: Ocasio-Cortez's office is circulating a "dear colleague" memo seeking more initial co-sponsors for the resolution that will call for a "national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II." It's slated to be introduced as early as this week.

Why it matters: The short memo her office is circulating seeking backers, obtained by Axios, provides an early look at support for the first formal — if non-binding — Green New Deal effort on Capitol Hill.

  • Democratic Sen. Edward Markey (Mass.) is working on a Senate companion.

Who they are: Other lawmakers listed as initial co-sponsors with Ocasio-Cortez are Democratic Reps. Brendan Boyle (Pa.), Joaquin Castro (Texas), Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), Ted Lieu (Calif.), Joe Neguse (Colo.), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.).

The big picture: The memo lays out the broad framing of what the resolution will call for, including:

  • "Achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers."
  • "Create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all."
  • "Promote justice and equity by preventing current and repairing historic oppression to frontline and vulnerable communities."

Details: The two dozen groups listed as endorsers include two units of the big Service Employees International Union, Working Families Party, People’s Action, Center for Popular Democracy, Justice First, Green For All, 350.org, CREDO Action, as well as the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats, which are the two groups at the forefront of the Green New Deal push.

  • Yes, but: All the groups in the memo are listed as endorsers "pending final resolution language."

The intrigue: What's actually in the resolution is unclear and apparently evolving. Per Axios' Amy Harder, Khanna said on NPR's "1A" on Monday that the resolution would not include provisions on a jobs guarantee and universal health care, something a congressional staffer also confirmed. But Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, called Amy later Monday to confirm that those proposals are in fact in the proposal.

  • Between the lines: These particular parts indicate the sweeping progressive nature of the policy, so their inclusion (or not) is notable.

Go deeper: 2020 pressure for Green New Deal

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the latest information on what is likely to be in the forthcoming resolution.

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The hard math behind America's labor shortage

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressional Budget Office; Chart: Axios Visuals

Yes, the pandemic has created unusual temporary labor market dynamics. But in the bigger picture, the 2010s were a golden age for companies seeking cheap labor. The 2020s are not.

The big picture: In the 2010s, the massive millennial generation was entering the workforce, the massive baby bo0m generation was still hard at work, and there was a multi-year hangover from the deep recession caused by the global financial crisis.

Advocates fret Roe v. Wade's 49th anniversary could be its last

Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Women's March Inc

As Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized abortion access in the U.S., advocates warn the ruling is "more at risk now than ever."

The big picture: The Supreme Court in December heard a challenge to a Mississippi 15-week abortion ban that could throw Roe's survival into question, or at least narrow its scope.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Pfizer and Moderna boosters overwhelmingly prevent Omicron hospitalizations, CDC finds — Omicron pushes COVID deaths toward 2,000 per day — The pandemic-proof health care giant.
  2. Vaccines: The case for Operation Warp Speed 2.0 — Starbucks drops worker vaccine or test requirement after SCOTUS ruling — Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America.
  3. Politics: Biden concedes U.S. should have done more testing — Arizona says it "will not be intimidated" by Biden on anti-mask school policies — Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal workers.
  4. World: American Airlines flight to London forced to turn around over mask dispute — WHO: COVID health emergency could end this year — Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — Austria approves COVID vaccine mandate for adults.
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