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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.

Ukrainians Mykola Hordiichuk and Elina Shutova appear at a rally in support of Ukraine on March 3, 2022, at the Kansas Statehouse. Both were student at the University of Kansas. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

White House requests $47 billion in emergency funding for Ukraine, vaccines and more

By: - September 3, 2022

The Biden administration is asking Congress for emergency funding to support Ukraine’s military, national COVID and monkeypox responses and to help communities affected by natural disasters. The current fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and Congress has not passed a funding measure for next year, so a short-term bill would be needed to keep the government […]

Secret Service and Palm Beach police are seen in front of the home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago on Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

Republicans in Congress line up behind Trump after he says FBI searched Mar-a-Lago

By: - August 9, 2022

Republicans in Congress fumed Tuesday in reaction to former President Donald Trump’s Monday evening statement that the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Democrats had little to say Tuesday about the apparent search, though some defended the execution of justice regardless of a person’s political power. The massive […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) gives the thumbs Aug. 7, 2022, up as he leaves the Senate Chamber after passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. 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. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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

By: and - August 7, 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 […]

Coal piles in July 2019 in Wise County, Virginia. (Sarah Vogelsong/ Virginia Mercury)

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 […]

Veterans groups on Capitol Hill holding signs in support of the PACT Act

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, […]

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 […]

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Dec. 8, 2021, at the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority in Kansas City, Missouri. (Allison Kite/Kansas Reflector)

Strong economy, declining gas prices have escaped notice, White House says

By: - July 30, 2022

After making a fight against inflation its “top priority,” the Biden administration says aspects of the economy are robust, even if headlines haven’t reflected that. Senior administration officials promoted Biden’s economic record on a call with local reporters Wednesday on positive economic indicators — mainly low unemployment and falling gas prices — ahead of a […]

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin makes a statement on Nov. 1, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

Manchin and U.S. Senate Democrats strike a deal on major health, climate, tax package

By: and - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer struck an agreement Wednesday for a Democrats-only reconciliation package that would allow negotiations on some Medicare prescription drugs, end corporate tax loopholes and address climate change as well as invest in energy projects. President Joe Biden in a statement on […]

A protestor holds a "defund police" sign on June 11, 2020, at a Tempe, Arizona, demonstration against police brutality of Black people. (Chloe Jones/Arizona Mirror)

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

By: - July 26, 2022

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and law enforcement witnesses at a Tuesday hearing blamed recent violence against officers on anti-police rhetoric, while Democrats distanced themselves from the “defund the police” slogan and said an oversupply of guns made law enforcement jobs more dangerous. Republicans on the panel raised complaints about general attitudes toward […]

Former deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger, left, and Sarah Matthews, former deputy White House press secretary, are sworn in on July 21, 2022, before testifying to the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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 the president to call off the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to testimony before the U.S. House panel investigating the insurrection at its eighth and final hearing of the summer Thursday night. Instead, Trump sat in the […]

Police clash with supporters of President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. (Alex Kent/Tennessee Lookout)

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

By: - July 20, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack and Donald Trump’s role in it will focus in a Thursday evening hearing on the former president’s refusal for more than three hours to call off the rioters storming the U.S. Capitol, committee aides said Wednesday. The hearing will be the eighth in the panel’s series […]

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

Climate change legislation still could pass Congress this year, Manchin insists

By: - July 16, 2022

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III on Friday held open the prospect of Congress passing significant climate legislation yet this year, denying reports he’s tanked the effort by walking away from talks with leadership. The reports have brought a flood of criticism for Manchin from fellow members of Congress, who say the very survival of the […]