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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter in the States Newsroom Washington bureau. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues as well as climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

House passes voting rights bill but Senate approval unlikely

By: - August 24, 2021

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed, 219-212, along party lines a bill to reinstate a core section of the Voting Rights Act — a direct rebuke to state laws the bill’s supporters say have restricted voting rights. The bill, named for the late civil rights icon and longtime Georgia Democratic U.S. Rep. John R. Lewis, […]

Environmental justice advocates look to historic $3.5T spending bill for bold action

By: - August 21, 2021

Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration want to use their massive $3.5 trillion spending plan to help communities that have been devastated by environmental pollution and degradation. For years, activists have been pushing for government recognition of what’s known as environmental justice, the broad movement to provide restitution to communities that have suffered disproportionate harm. […]

White House pledges to fight court order on oil and gas leases, but activists want more

By: - August 21, 2021

The Biden administration plans to appeal a federal court decision forcing the government to restart oil and gas leases that have been paused since January. But administration officials are also promising to comply in a way that takes into account the damage caused by fossil fuel development. The two-part move worries progressive activists and members […]

Biden to nominate first tribal member to lead National Park Service

By: - August 18, 2021

President Joe Biden plans to nominate the first enrolled tribal member to head up the National Park Service — Oregon conservationist Charles F. Sams III, the White House announced Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would be the first full-time director since Jonathan B. Jarvis left the job at the end of the […]

National Park Service renews mask mandate for all visitors

By: - August 16, 2021

The National Park Service on Monday reinstated a mask mandate for all visitors, workers and volunteers at NPS buildings and crowded outdoor areas, regardless of vaccination status. In May, the agency said it would require only unvaccinated people to wear masks. Recently, as the delta variant of the coronavirus has led to a spike in […]

How Congress will attempt the biggest expansion of U.S. social programs since FDR

By: and - August 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate this week passed a massive bipartisan infrastructure bill and an even larger budget blueprint that would pave the way for historic changes in U.S. health, education, climate and tax policies. The two measures are roped to each other, reflecting Democrats’ strategy to pass what could be bipartisan with Republicans — […]

Biden touts his win on Senate-passed infrastructure bill to state and local leaders

By: - August 11, 2021

One day after the U.S. Senate approved the bipartisan infrastructure bill that he championed, President Joe Biden met virtually Wednesday with scores of state, local and tribal leaders to build support for the measure as it heads to the House. The meeting resembled a victory lap, with state, local and tribal leaders of both parties […]

U.S. Senate OKs $1.2T bipartisan infrastructure bill

By: - August 10, 2021

The U.S. Senate passed 69-30 on Tuesday a sweeping bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a milestone for one of President Joe Biden’s priorities after months of negotiation. Biden proposed an infrastructure plan in March that would have topped $2 trillion. A bipartisan group of senators led by Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., worked […]

Critics: ‘Big and bold’ infrastructure bill falls short on helping states fight climate change

By: - August 5, 2021

The Senate is poised to pass a massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would upgrade state transportation networks, electric grids, water systems and more. It’s a major spending boost and potential job creator that critics say falls short of the administration’s goals to address climate change and reduce its effects in the states. The White […]

Stone-Manning nomination set to advance to U.S. Senate after emotions run high at committee vote

By: - July 22, 2021

In a contentious meeting that distilled a weeks-long fight, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 10-10 along party lines Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of Land Management. That means an extra procedural vote will be forced before the full U.S. Senate takes up the nomination of […]

Democrats unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth, prevent fires

By: - July 20, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged Tuesday to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led by U.S. […]

U.S. Senate panel schedules vote on Stone-Manning to head public lands agency

By: - July 19, 2021

The U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote Thursday on the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to lead the Bureau of Land Management, a step forward for her confirmation after weeks of aggressive Republican opposition. Committee Chairman Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat, and ranking Republican John Barrasso of Wyoming on […]