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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler is a national correspondent for States Newsroom.

Washington Monument closed after visit from Interior secretary who’s positive for COVID-19

By: - December 18, 2020

The National Park Service temporarily closed the Washington Monument on Friday after a recent visit by Interior Secretary David L. Bernhardt, who tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday. Bernhardt, a Colorado native, visited the iconic District of Columbia monument “recently,” Interior Department spokesman Nicholas Goodwin said in an email. Employees who came into contact […]

Biden picks Michigan’s Granholm for Energy, North Carolina’s Regan for EPA and New Mexico’s Haaland for Interior

By: - December 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Energy Department and North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, Michael Regan, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, his presidential transition team has announced. The selections were announced as part of the incoming Biden administration’s […]

Congress rejects expansion of Nevada Test and Training Range into wildlife refuge

By: - December 5, 2020

A bipartisan deal reached by Congress on an annual defense policy bill keeps protections for Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge, blocking for at least one more year a military proposal to expand an Air Force bombing range. Conservationists viewed the final agreement on the bill as an all-out victory, avoiding both the Air Force’s proposal […]

Offutt Air Force Base makes the finalist list for Space Command HQ

By: - November 20, 2020

The Air Force has named Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska among six finalists to permanently house the U.S. Space Command headquarters — a prize that would mean billions in federal defense spending for the state with the winning bid. The base is just across the Missouri River from Iowa near Bellevue, Neb. Congress created […]

‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears

By: and - October 5, 2020

  WASHINGTON — Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results.  Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in ballots — including by none other than the president.  These […]

‘You just have to act’: Thousands outraged by police brutality rally at March on Washington

By: and - August 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – On the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in the throes of a pandemic, thousands of demonstrators on Friday joined Democratic lawmakers on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to demand Congress act on police brutality and voter suppression. The event, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, […]

‘Extremely frustrating’ mail delays for prescriptions hit veterans, rural areas

By: - August 25, 2020

Jan Stowe, a Vietnam War veteran from Traverse City, Mich., says she was unable to move her head and neck for several days last month after going without medication to treat extreme muscle spasms. Stowe, a Department of Veterans Affairs patient who receives her medication through the U.S. Postal Service, said in an interview with […]

Proposal would overhaul federal pesticide rules

By: - August 14, 2020

Legislation has been introduced in Congress that marks the first attempt in decades to overhaul national pesticide regulations. U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Colorado Democrat, is sponsoring a bill in the House that would ban three common chemicals, revamp the process for approving new products and allow cities to adopt stricter standards. While it’s unlikely that […]

Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live.

By: - August 10, 2020

Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted. State leaders from both political parties remained unsure how much they’d have to […]

Trump moves to extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes after talks break down

By: and - August 8, 2020

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in federal unemployment assistance with […]

House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk

By: and - July 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]

Pandemic strains emergency responders with more disasters on horizon

By: - June 1, 2020

Federal officials have more money than ever to respond to disasters, but some worry their focus on the pandemic could hamstring efforts to recover from other catastrophes in Iowa. Congressional Democrats, health experts and Iowa’s emergency management director have warned in recent weeks that the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s pandemic response could come at the […]