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.

Members of Congress blast TikTok CEO as bipartisan support for U.S. ban looks possible

By: - March 23, 2023

Rep. Frank Pallone told Fox News that a TikTok ban is “something we’d have to consider.”

Priorities for rail safety bill debated in U.S. Senate hearing with Norfolk Southern CEO

By: - March 23, 2023

A bipartisan group of senators hinted they wanted to strengthen requirements about reporting hazardous cargo.

Trump’s possible arrest by Manhattan DA blasted by U.S. House GOP leaders

By: - March 21, 2023

At the close of business on the East Coast, Trump had not been arrested, and widespread protests had not broken out.

U.S. Senate leader calls for safety audit into all major railroads after Ohio derailment

By: - March 15, 2023

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer criticized the railroad industry for lobbying for deregulation and asked the National Transportation Safety Board to analyze if those efforts have increased derailments.

States to receive $2.5B from feds for electric vehicle charging infrastructure

By: - March 14, 2023

The new program will spend $2.5 billion over five years to build electric vehicle charging stations and refueling infrastructure for hydrogen, propane or natural-gas vehicles

U.S. Senate Democrats back FAA nominee, despite GOP attacks at confirmation hearing

By: - March 1, 2023

Senators of both parties said the agency needs a Senate-confirmed leader, amid a series of recent problems in the nation’s aviation system.

U.S. ‘more closely scrutinizing’ airspace for flying objects, Pentagon official says

By: and - February 14, 2023

Over three days, three types of airborne crafts that the Pentagon has not specifically described were shot down.

Biden in State of the Union address draws boos and shouts from a combative GOP

By: and - February 8, 2023

Expanding access to opioid-related addiction treatment and strengthening the fight against fentanyl trafficking should be bipartisan priorities, President Biden said.

Aviation turmoil shifts attention to stalled confirmation of FAA chief

By: - January 24, 2023

Recent breakdowns in the federal aviation system shined a spotlight on the absence of a Senate-confirmed leader of the Federal Aviation Administration, prompting Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to push for the chamber to confirm President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the agency.

U.S. attorney general names special counsel for classified docs found in Biden’s garage

By: and - January 12, 2023

The discovery of classified documents in President Biden’s private residence drew comparisons to the classified documents found inside Donald Trump’s Florida home.

U.S. House passes legislation barring sales of strategic reserve oil to China

By: - January 12, 2023

The legislation would only affect sales from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which stores crude oil to be used in emergencies. 

Biden administration to rapidly expel more migrants at the border, add legal pathways

By: and - January 6, 2023

The sweeping new immigration plan brought condemnation from advocates who called it a "shameful expansion" of Trump-era policies.