Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

U.S. House GOP would make it easier for feds to give public lands away to states

By: - January 15, 2023

Supporters of the measure agree that it would make it easier for Congress to divest public lands, but they say that’s a good thing.

U.S. House Democrats gather on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1/6/23 (Capital-Star photo by Ariana Figueroa).

Democrats praise U.S. Capitol police and pledge to seek accountability on Jan. 6 anniversary

By: - January 6, 2023

Democrats applauded the work of the House committee to investigate the attack, which published its final report last month.

TIJUANA, MEXICO – MARCH 22: An asylum seeker from Mexico (R) waits outside the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which he hopes to cross to plead for asylum in the U.S., on March 22, 2022 in Tijuana, Mexico. March 21 marked the two-year anniversary of Title 42, the controversial pandemic-era border policy enacted by President Trump, which cites COVID-19 as the reason to rapidly expel asylum seekers at the U.S. border. Title 42 remains in effect with the Biden administration facing pressure from Democrats to end its use. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Biden administration to rapidly expel more migrants at the border, add legal pathways

By: and - January 6, 2023

The sweeping new immigration plan made public on Thursday brought condemnation from advocates who said he should not broaden the controversial Trump-era Title 42 policy.

An image of a mock gallows on the grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is shown during a House committee hearing. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Trump’s fixation on Wisconsin, Ginni Thomas’ text regrets and more from the Jan. 6 panel

By: - January 4, 2023

Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson was among the most helpful witnesses.

U.S. House Jan. 6 committee releases final report; Pa. pols Perry, Mastriano get mentions

By: and - December 23, 2022

The panel finds that former President Donald Trump incited insurrection, demands accountability.

U.S. House Jan. 6 panel refers Trump for criminal charges, including inciting insurrection

By: - December 19, 2022

The panel referred U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, to the House Ethics Committee for refusing to testify.

Attempt to help states ease banking for marijuana businesses stumbles in Congress

By: - December 8, 2022

There are now few avenues to pass marijuana measures seen as boons to states where the drug is legal before year's end.

U.S. House votes to avert calamitous rail strike, but Senate prospects murky

By: - November 30, 2022

It's unclear if there are enough Republican votes in the upper chamber to add a paid sick leave provision.

Democrats projected to retain U.S. Senate control after winning Nevada seat

By: - November 12, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada will win reelection, according to Associated Press projections late Saturday, ensuring Democrats will remain in the majority next year no matter what happens in a runoff election in Georgia next month.  After days of vote counting, U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Cortez Masto were both […]

Recreational marijuana use will be legal in 21 states after ballot measures pass

By: - November 10, 2022

Maryland and Missouri will bring the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal to 21. Pennsylvania has not passed a bill.

(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Which party controls Congress? It could be days or weeks before we know

By: and - November 10, 2022

Routine legislation could become a bigger challenge for a divided Congress, should that be the final election outcome.

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

No GOP ‘wave,’ but Republicans could still gain control of U.S. House

By: , and - November 9, 2022

The exact size of the Republican majority won’t be known until more races are called. Some races may not be known for days.