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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.

U.S. House vote to expand federal firefighters benefits seen as step toward parity

By: - May 14, 2022

The bill has the support of U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District.

PennDOT paving crews (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania photo).

Biden admin vows to speed up environmental permits for infrastructure projects

By: - May 11, 2022

Administration officials said they were seeking to make permitting easier without sacrificing environmental standards.

Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short

By: - May 6, 2022

The Senate rejected a similar bill in February. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined Republicans to defeat a procedural vote, 46-48.

Overturning Roe would hand power over abortion to states. Many would ban it

By: and - May 4, 2022

A group of Democratic governors, including Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, asked congressional leaders Tuesday to pass a federal law protecting abortion.

3 big reasons why the Biden climate agenda is floundering

By: - April 24, 2022

Biden’s signature climate bill has gone nowhere in the U.S. Senate, he’s called for more domestic fossil fuel production to combat rising gas prices.

U.S. House panel grills oil executives at hearing on soaring gas prices

By: - April 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats blamed the oil industry, Republicans blamed President Joe Biden and oil executives blamed global market forces at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on how to reverse a dramatic increase in gas prices. Over nearly six hours, members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and executives from six […]

U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana in federal law

By: - April 1, 2022

The House voted 220-204 to approve the measure, which would fix the split between federal law and 19 states where recreational marijuana is legal.

Interior would see big funding boost under Biden budget proposal; how Pa. benefits

By: and - March 31, 2022

Tribal programs within Interior would receive $4.5 billion, an increase of more than $1 billion, to support public safety, social services, climate and education initiatives. That funding would cover $632 million for public safety and justice programs, including a collaboration with the Justice Department to “address the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons.”

Ketanji Brown Jackson wins bipartisan support for U.S. Supreme Court with Collins’ backing

By: - March 30, 2022

The Maine lawmaker is first Republican to pledge their support for President Joe Biden’s U.S. Supreme Court pick.

U.S. Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to start today

By: - March 21, 2022

If she's confirmed, Jackson would make history as the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court.

Zelenskyy reminds Congress of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in pleading for U.S. help for Ukraine

By: and - March 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday invoked the Pearl Harbor attacks ahead of World War II and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, while urging the United States to do more to stop the Russian war against his country. During the speech, delivered virtually to members of Congress in an auditorium on Capitol Hill, Zelenskyy […]

Biden’s Fed nominee withdraws after GOP boycott coupled with Manchin opposition

By: - March 15, 2022

Sarah Bloom Raskin of Maryland withdrew her nomination to the Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday, the day after a key coal-state Democrat announced he would vote against her due to her views on climate change. In a three-page letter to President Joe Biden, Raskin, a Duke University law professor whom the Senate confirmed to two […]