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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.

Pa. Rep. Perry says feds seized his cell phone after search at Mar-a-Lago

By: - August 9, 2022

Democrats had little to say Tuesday about the apparent search, though some defended the execution of justice regardless of a person’s political power.

U.S. Senate preps big tax, climate and health bill after deal struck with Sinema

By: - August 5, 2022

U.S. Senate Democrats’ wide-ranging tax, climate and health bill appears set to pass after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona struck a deal to soften the measure’s corporate tax increase and a second tax hike aimed at wealthy finance-sector workers, Schumer told reporters Friday.

Pa. eligible for more than $244M in U.S. Interior Department mine cleanup funds

By: - August 3, 2022

Guidance released last month by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, an agency within Interior, also called for states to prioritize employment opportunities for coal workers.

U.S. Senate in turnaround backs aid for veterans exposed to burn pits

By: and - August 2, 2022

The shift came after days of protest and vigils outside the U.S. Capitol, in heat and rain, by veterans outraged at the delay in passage of the $280 billion measure due to objections from Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey. Veterans advocacy groups were intensely critical of the delay as well.

Jan. 6 panel to detail Trump’s 187 minutes of delay as insurrection grew

By: - July 21, 2022

Here's what to watch for during the committee's prime-time hearing on Thursday night.

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Biden lays out new funds for localities on climate, but no national emergency yet

By: - July 20, 2022

With U.S. Senate negotiations over climate funding stalled, President Joe Biden on Wednesday is directing additional spending to help states and cities manage climate disasters — resisting calls from many congressional Democrats to take more aggressive executive action like a declaration of a national climate emergency. Biden is also announcing steps executive agencies are taking […]

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Climate change legislation still could pass Congress this year, Manchin insists

By: - July 16, 2022

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III on Friday held open the prospect of Congress passing significant climate legislation yet this year, denying reports he’s tanked the effort by walking away from talks with leadership. The reports have brought a flood of criticism for Manchin from fellow members of Congress, who say the very survival of the […]

Trump tweet invited ‘wild’ mob to block transfer of power on Jan. 6, House panel says

By: - July 13, 2022

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-10th District, was among the attendees at a meeting where Trump, GOP House members strategized on how to reverse the election results.

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access

By: - July 2, 2022

Some congressional Democrats have also urged Biden to allow abortion clinics to operate on federal lands in states that restrict access to the procedure.

U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden

By: and - June 30, 2022

The ruling 'undercuts good-faith efforts to fight climate change and protect clean air but that does not mean we will stop fighting,' acting DEP Secretary Ramez Ziadeh said.

U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

By: - June 28, 2022

HHS will enforce federal laws to ensure federally approved abortion pills — which must be obtained by prescription — remain available, a top official said.

U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

By: - June 27, 2022

The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington and signed by 32 other Democrats, called the decision “an unprecedented assault on women” and pushed Biden “to use the full force of the federal government to protect abortion access in the United States.”