In ‘paradigm shift,’ U.S. Forest Service to use logging, controlled burns to prevent wildfires
By: Jacob Fischler - 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: Jacob Fischler - 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: Jacob Fischler - 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: Jacob Fischler - 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.
Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states | Analysis
By: Jacob Fischler - December 23, 2021
36 states, including Pa., allow either full legalization for adult use or wide scale medical use, putting them at odds with federal law
Biden extends student loan repayment pause three more months
By: Jacob Fischler - December 22, 2021
President Joe Biden will continue a pandemic-spurred pause on student loan repayments until May 1, he said Wednesday. Loan repayments were set to restart Jan. 31, following months of the U.S. Education Department not requiring payments during the pandemic. Biden told the department to extend the moratorium initially placed by President Donald Trump’s administration. It […]
Schumer vows U.S. Senate action on voting rights and social policy, as Manchin rift deepens
By: Jacob Fischler - December 21, 2021
In a letter to Democratic colleagues Monday, Schumer, of New York, said the Senate would vote in early January on a new version of President Joe Biden’s $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill, as well as voting rights legislation deemed essential by many Democrats in advance of the midterm elections.
As U.S. House passes anti-Islamophobia bill, Pa.’s Perry calls sponsor Ilhan Omar ‘anti-Semitic’
By: Jacob Fischler - December 15, 2021
Perry, the head of the House Freedom Caucus, is among the GOP members who have slammed the Minnesota Democrat
Infrastructure law fixes Amtrak funding woes, U.S. House panel hears; How Pa. could benefit
By: Jacob Fischler - December 10, 2021
The $22B Amtrak allotment is part of $66B the law provides for passenger rail. Amtrak would also be eligible for competitive grant funding.
Biden’s oil and gas policy falls short on climate goals, House Democrats say
By: Jacob Fischler - December 4, 2021
The White House's plans are welcome, but insufficient, a senior lawmaker says
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.