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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. Senate Democrats’ climate, health and energy bill clears first hurdle to passage

By: and - August 6, 2022

The 51-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, cleared the chamber to debate and vote on amendments to the measure.

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

By: - August 4, 2022

Sen. Krysten Sinema said she's on board with Democratic spending bill, raising chances of its passage.

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

By: and - August 2, 2022

The shift came after days of protest and vigils outside the U.S. Capitol, in heat and rain, by veterans outraged at the delay in passage of the $280 billion measure.

Climate spending in new reconciliation deal a ‘turning point’ for the U.S., supporters say

By: - July 28, 2022

Environmental advocates largely praised the climate provisions in Senate Democrats’ massive taxes, health care and energy bill released Wednesday.

‘Defund the police’ slogan and anti-cop violence debated at U.S. Senate hearing

By: - July 26, 2022

GOP Senators blamed violence against cops on anti-police rhetoric, while Democrats distanced themselves from the “defund the police” slogan.

Trump ‘chose not to act’ as U.S. Capitol underwent attack, Jan. 6 panel says

By: - July 22, 2022

Donald Trump ignored White House staff, family members, and outside advisers who urged him to call off the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

Jan. 6 panel to detail Trump’s 187 minutes of delay as insurrection grew

By: - July 20, 2022

The House's Jan. 6 committee will focus Thursday on Donald Trump's refusal for hours to call off the rioters storming the U.S. Capitol

Trump tweet invited ‘wild’ mob to block transfer of power on Jan. 6, House panel says

By: - July 13, 2022

Tuesday's session touched on Trump's social media influence, a militia group’s desire for Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act, and a shouting match between Trump advisers over whether to try to cancel the results of the election.

5 big questions about the new Biden plan for offshore oil and gas leases

By: - July 8, 2022

Just before the July 4 holiday, the federal agency that manages offshore energy development proposed a five-year plan for as many as 11 and as few as zero new oil and gas sites in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska’s coast. The proposal would clear the way for up to 10 new oil and […]

History made: Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice

By: - June 30, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court after she was sworn in Thursday by Chief Justice John Roberts

U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden

By: - June 30, 2022

The opinion is a victory for the GOP-led states that undertook the challenge and limits President Biden’s ability to pursue his climate goals

Trump had to be physically restrained from joining Jan. 6 mob, House panel told

By: - June 28, 2022

A key Trump administration staffer revealed eye-popping details Wednesday about the conduct of Trump and other White House officials on Jan. 6, 2021