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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.

Biden declares U.S. ban on Russian oil, warns of gasoline price spikes

By: and - March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States will no longer import Russian energy in an attempt to further cripple that nation’s economy as it wages war against Ukraine. President Joe Biden announced the newest sanctions Tuesday from the White House, saying that a ban on Russian oil and gas would target “the main artery of Russia’s economy.” […]

A year after Jan. 6, attack on the U.S. Capitol lives on in hundreds of court cases | Analysis

By: - March 5, 2022

More than 15% of the defendants charged in the Capitol insurrection had ties to Pennsylvania, our analysis found.

U.S. sanctions Putin’s personal assets, readies forces for NATO deployment

By: - February 25, 2022

The United States will continue to provide assistance to Ukraine, even as the logistics have become more complicated, officials said.

New U.S. sanctions on Russia target banks, high-tech imports

By: and - February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States and Western allies stepped up economic sanctions on Russia following its escalated attack on Ukraine, President Joe Biden said at the White House on Thursday. Biden had for weeks pledged to impose significant sanctions on Russia if President Vladimir Putin followed through on plans to invade Ukraine. As the invasion ramped […]

Members of Congress from both parties in Pa. and beyond urge tough sanctions on Russia

By: , , and - February 22, 2022

Members of Congress appear unified, for the moment, that the most the United States should do is restrict Russia's economy, not send U.S. soldiers to face Russian troops in the streets of Ukraine.

Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

By: , and - January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, […]

Federal pipeline standards backed by top energy regulator after Colonial Pipeline hack

By: - January 20, 2022

In Pa., some state officials, including Gov. Tom Wolf, have previously asked the federal government to expand its oversight over pipeline construction

Pa. to get $1.6B in new bridge funding from feds, though toll plans still on amid funding shortfalls

By: and - January 18, 2022

Pennsylvania will get $1.6 billion in extra federal funding over the next five years to fix more than 3,000 bridges across the commonwealth.  The funding comes from $26.5 billion in funds for distressed bridges authorized under the recent infrastructure law. The law will also waive the requirement that states and local governments provide matching funds, […]

In ‘paradigm shift,’ U.S. Forest Service to use logging, controlled burns to prevent wildfires

By: - January 18, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The Biden administration will announce Tuesday it is using $3 billion from last year’s infrastructure law to revamp the federal approach to wildfire management, introducing a 10-year plan to deal with the large swaths of the West scientists consider most at risk of destructive blazes. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa […]

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

By: - January 13, 2022

The rulings came less than a week after the justices heard arguments on the mandates – an unusually fast turnaround for the court.

Capitol Hill Dems push to rescue climate plan in Biden’s spending package

By: - January 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — A group of congressional Democrats on Tuesday called for preserving the climate portions of President Joe Biden’s stalled domestic spending bill as Democrats in the U.S. Senate rewrite the measure. U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Tina Smith of Minnesota and John Hickenlooper of Colorado, along with Reps. […]

Federal judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for Head Start workers in 24 states

By: - January 3, 2022

A Louisiana federal judge has put a hold on President Joe Biden’s mandate that Head Start workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.