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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.

How does a ‘frozen’ U.S. House function without a speaker? Everyone’s got an opinion.

By: and - October 4, 2023

The ouster of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy created a leadership vacuum in the chamber and left multiple questions about how legislative business would proceed.

Government shutdown nears: U.S. House GOP fails to pass one-month spending plan

By: , , and - September 29, 2023

Both chambers of Congress must approve and President Joe Biden must sign government funding legislation before midnight on Saturday, otherwise a funding lapse would begin on Oct. 1.

GOP presidential hopefuls tear into each other and absent Trump at second debate

By: and - September 28, 2023

With Donald Trump absent, the remaining major candidates spent much of the rest of the night largely espousing the same conservative positions on a host of issues.

U.S. Senate panel weighs free speech and deep fakes in AI campaign ads

By: - September 28, 2023

The hearing showed that imposing laws and regulations on campaign content without violating constitutional rights to political speech will be difficult.

U.S. Senate confirms a military nominee, the first since Tuberville blockade began

By: - September 21, 2023

Alabama Republican Tommy Tuberville started blocking military appointments seven months ago to protest Defense Department abortion policies.

Former U.S. Capitol Police chief blames intelligence failures, not Trump, for Jan. 6 attack

By: - September 20, 2023

Capitol Police were under-prepared for the violence on Jan. 6, 2021, because the FBI and others did not share intelligence ahead of the attack, the former Capitol Police chief said Tuesday.

Biden to nominate former FAA deputy to lead aviation agency

By: - September 7, 2023

President Biden’s previous pick for FAA chief withdrew from consideration in March after Senate Republicans opposed his confirmation.

New federal water pollution rule draws mixed reaction

By: - August 31, 2023

A federal rule limiting agencies’ power to regulate water pollution will severely restrict protections for waters and wetlands nationwide.

Labor leader touts union support as possible auto strikes loom

By: - August 30, 2023

United Auto Workers at Detroit’s “Big Three” car companies voted overwhelmingly Aug. 25 to authorize a strike if a deal is not reached by Sept. 14.

‘Hate will not prevail in America’: Biden marks 60 years since March on Washington

By: - August 29, 2023

Monday's event gained urgency after a white gunman on Saturday killed three Black people near a historically Black university in Jacksonville, Florida.

Trump absent but still dominates as GOP presidential rivals clash at first debate

By: , and - August 24, 2023

Donald Trump instead recorded a competing interview with ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson that posted online minutes before the debate began.

‘The internet is no longer a luxury’: $667M from USDA for rural broadband

By: - August 21, 2023

The 2021 federal infrastructure law provided $65 billion for high-speed broadband deployment.