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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. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

By: , and - October 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced executive actions that would pardon thousands of people with prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. Biden then called on governors to follow suit with state offenses for simple marijuana possession, saying that “just as no one should be in a Federal prison solely due to the […]

Seasonal streams are a focus of an upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo by Eric Vance, U.S. EPA)

U.S. Supreme Court mulls federal water rules, wetlands designations in Idaho case

By: - October 3, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its term Monday with an Idaho case that could significantly restrict the federal government’s power to enforce clean water laws and prove crucial in determining wetland protections. The oral arguments came just months after the court’s 6-3 conservative majority limited executive authority to address climate change in a case involving […]

Broadway in Skagway is seen in this photo. (Photo by Walter Bibikow/Getty Images)

USDA to spend $500 million extending high-speed internet to rural America

By: - September 22, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will send more than $500 million in loans and grants to telecommunications providers to bring high-speed internet to rural areas across 20 states, Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday. The department will spend $360 million in grants and $141 million in loans through its ReConnect Program to benefit sparsely populated communities, […]

A third of U.S. House Democrats oppose Manchin permitting deal in stopgap spending bill

By: - September 12, 2022

WASHINGTON – The group of U.S. House Democrats asking the chamber’s leaders not to include environmental permitting changes in a stopgap spending deal this month comprises 77 members, including senior leaders of budget and spending committees and factions across the caucus’ ideological spectrum. The 77 signers on a letter sent late last week and updated […]

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Sept. 8, 2022 in National Harbor, Maryland. The president, ahead of the November midterm elections, sharpened his attack against Republicans, calling former President Trump and his MAGA supporters a threat to democracy. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Biden slams ‘extreme MAGA Republicans’ as Democrats launch drive to midterm election

By: - September 8, 2022

President Joe Biden in a Thursday night speech to a crowd of party faithful promoted legislation passed by the Democratic Congress and attacked supporters of former President Donald Trump for defending rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. “Extreme MAGA Republicans just don’t threaten our personal, economic rights. They embrace political violence,” […]

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is followed by reporters as he arrives for a caucus meeting with Senate Democrats at the U.S. Capitol Building on Dec. 16, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

U.S. House members raise doubts about Manchin environmental permitting deal

By: - September 7, 2022

More than 50 U.S. House members are objecting to a push to revise federal environmental permitting requirements for energy projects — part of a deal Democratic leaders struck with U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III to win passage of their climate, health and taxes bill that passed last month. The House members signed onto a letter […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gives the thumbs up as he leaves the Senate Chamber after passage of the Inflation Reduction Act at the U.S. Capitol August 7, 2022, in Washington, D.C. The Senate worked overnight Saturday into Sunday as they moved toward final passage of Senate budget reconciliation deal, which Senate Democrats have named The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The final vote was 51-50, with the tie-breaking vote being cast by Vice President Kamala Harris. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

By: and - August 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. The 755-page bill was passed after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the evenly […]

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing for Shalanda Young, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) nominee for U.S. President Joe Biden, on Feb. 1, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate preps big tax, climate and health bill after deal struck with Sinema

By: - August 5, 2022

U.S. Senate Democrats’ wide-ranging tax, climate and health bill appears set to pass after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona struck a deal to soften the measure’s corporate tax increase and a second tax hike aimed at wealthy finance-sector workers, Schumer told reporters Friday. The revenue lost to obtain Sinema’s support […]

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Sinema (D-AZ) heads to a meeting in the U.S. Capitol building on June 8, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema again pivotal as U.S. Senate Democrats scramble for 50 votes

By: - August 4, 2022

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the enigmatic Democrat from Arizona, is once again at the center of attention in Congress, where she’s the linchpin in Democrats’ plans to pass a party-line climate, health and taxes bill. Democrats need every member of their Senate caucus to support the sweeping 725-page bill for it to pass in the […]

U.S. Interior Secretary Debra Harland testifies during her confirmation hearing in February 2021 in Washington, D.C.(Photo by Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. Interior Department calls for states to submit mine cleanup proposals

By: - August 3, 2022

The Interior Department asked states Wednesday to apply for $725 million made available this year to clean up abandoned mine sites as part of the 2021 infrastructure bill. The department officially opened a notice of funding opportunity, which gives states the avenue to request federal grants to close mine shafts, prevent the release of methane […]

U.S. Capitol (Photo by Russ Rohde/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate in turnaround backs aid for veterans exposed to burn pits

By: and - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation that would provide health care and benefits to millions of veterans exposed to toxic substances while deployed overseas, after many Republicans switched their votes and decided to once again back the legislation. The shift came after days of protest and vigils outside the U.S. Capitol, […]

U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Jane Norman/States Newsroom)

Federal judge upholds U.S. House Republicans’ fines for dodging metal detectors

By: - August 2, 2022

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Monday from three U.S. House Republicans challenging fines they incurred for violating a post-Jan. 6 requirement that members pass through metal detectors before coming to the House floor. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly dismissed the suit brought by Reps. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania […]