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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.

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.

Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states | Analysis

By: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: - 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: and - 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: - 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: - 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: , , and - 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.