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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.

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Biden lays out new funds for localities on climate, but no national emergency yet

By: - July 25, 2022

With U.S. Senate negotiations over climate funding stalled, President Joe Biden on Wednesday directed additional spending to help states and cities manage climate disasters — resisting calls from many congressional Democrats to take more aggressive executive action like a declaration of a national climate emergency. Biden also announced steps executive agencies are taking to expand […]

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 […]

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

By: - July 21, 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 […]

Interior’s offshore drilling plan blasted by both sides on U.S. Senate committee

By: - July 14, 2022

A growing debate over the federal government’s plans to either allow more oil and gas production to curb inflation or limit drilling to achieve climate goals spilled into a U.S. Senate spending panel’s hearing Wednesday. With Interior Secretary Deb Haaland testifying, members of the Senate Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee argued about the department’s recent five-year proposal […]

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

By: - July 13, 2022

The U.S. House panel investigating Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results described Tuesday how the president explicitly called on his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021 for a “wild” protest — resulting in an insurrection.  Trump exerted extraordinary influence over the mob, who marched to the Capitol on […]

Old-growth trees on federal lands at risk despite Biden order, environmentalists say

By: - July 12, 2022

Plans for commercial logging of old-growth forests on federal lands have moved forward this year, despite an executive order signed on Earth Day by President Joe Biden, according to a report from environmental groups published Tuesday. The old-growth woodlands are particularly useful in fighting climate change by absorbing carbon, a goal for the Biden administration. […]

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 […]

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access

By: - July 1, 2022

A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last week. In a video conference with nine governors, including Kate Brown of Oregon, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico […]

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

By: - June 30, 2022

In the 6-3 decision, the court’s conservatives ruled that Congress only empowered the EPA to narrowly regulate the emissions of individual power plants.

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 and her mentor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer — whose retirement was official moments earlier. The swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court making Jackson’s place in history official took barely three […]

U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

By: - June 29, 2022

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra pledged Tuesday to work to preserve abortion access in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “despicable” decision overturning Roe v. Wade — though the department’s specific actions will depend on how states seeking to limit abortion access proceed. Becerra said HHS would enforce federal laws to […]

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

By: - June 29, 2022

Donald Trump had to be held back from joining his enraged, rioting supporters — even after the president was told they were armed — in their assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to astonishing testimony to the Jan. 6 committee Tuesday from a former top White House aide. Trump, spewing expletives, was so angry at […]