Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter in the States Newsroom Washington bureau. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues as well as climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.
Interior Department calls for oil and gas leasing updates, but not ending production
By: Jacob Fischler - November 29, 2021
The report also calls for limiting non-competitive leases and leases for low-potential lands, and for increasing the minimum bid for onshore development
How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich, and more could get axed from Biden’s social policy bill
By: Jacob Fischler and Laura Olson - November 27, 2021
Any changes made in the Senate will mean the bill must return to the House for another vote before it could be signed into law.
Sage-grouse protection plans in the West under review by Biden administration
By: Jacob Fischler - November 27, 2021
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is updating Obama-era plans to manage the greater sage-grouse in 10 Western states. The BLM has published a request for comments to help update management plans for the bird’s habitat in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and other Western states. The Interior Department agency will review new scientific data, […]
Senate confirms first tribal member in history to lead National Park Service
By: Jacob Fischler - November 19, 2021
Charles F. Sams III, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Ore., will be the first tribal member to lead the Park Service in the agency’s 105-year history
House Dems pass Biden’s $1.85T domestic policy bill; Pa. lawmakers split on party lines
By: Laura Olson, Jacob Fischler, Ariana Figueroa and John L. Micek - November 19, 2021
The sprawling 'Build Back Better' legislation now goes to the U.S. Senate, where Sen. Bob Casey has called for swift action.
Pa.’s Capitol Hill Republicans vote against censuring Arizona’s Paul Gosar over threatening video
By: Ariana Figueroa and Jacob Fischler - November 18, 2021
Eight of of Pa.'s 9 GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a frequent Democratic crossover vote, opposed the measure, which also stripped Gosar of his committee posts
‘America is moving again’: Biden signs $1.2T infrastructure bill, bringing billions to Pa.
By: Laura Olson, Ariana Figueroa, Jacob Fischler and John L. Micek - November 15, 2021
The bill, which channels billions of dollars in funding to the Keystone State, 'will undoubtedly move Pennsylvania forward,' Gov. Tom Wolf said.
White House touts clean energy, transit, rail projects in sprawling infrastructure bill
By: Jacob Fischler and Laura Olson - November 10, 2021
WASHINGTON — Federal officials on Tuesday offered details about how money from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill would be spent, emphasizing the pending law’s potential to add clean energy capacity. Department of Transportation officials highlighted the $1.2 trillion bill’s record funding for public transit like buses and subways, as well as for Amtrak. They […]
U.S. House sends $1.2T infrastructure bill to Biden for his signature
By: Jacob Fischler, Ariana Figueroa and John L. Micek - November 6, 2021
All nine Democratic members of Pennsylvania's Capitol Hill delegation voted in favor, joined by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District.
Va.’s Kaine, others, look to add Chesapeake Bay cleanup provisions to Pentagon spending bill
By: Jacob Fischler - November 4, 2021
Stormwater is the only pollutant into the watershed that is increasing, according to Kaine’s office. More intense storms caused by climate change have led to heavier stormwater loads in recent years.
Biden to outline major methane reduction strategy at UN climate conference
By: Jacob Fischler - November 2, 2021
President Joe Biden also plans to announce a new U.S. initiative to conserve global forests while meeting Tuesday with world leaders at the U.N. conference.
Biden calls for ‘decade of action’ on climate, apologizes for Trump exit from Paris Accord
By: Jacob Fischler - November 1, 2021
Every country, especially developed countries, must be committed to shared climate goals, Biden said.