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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.

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House Democrats kick off reconciliation process with $30 billion Interior bill

By: - September 3, 2021

The House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday inched toward approval of a $30 billion bill to fund climate, tribal, and environmental programs.  Thursday’s meeting marked the first time a congressional committee considered any piece of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan meant to fundamentally change U.S. health, climate, education, and tax policy. Democrats plan to move […]

Joe Biden signs papers at his desk in the Oval Office

Biden administration to restart oil and gas leasing

By: - August 25, 2021

The Interior Department will take significant steps toward restarting its leasing programs for onshore and offshore oil and gas development in the coming months, the Biden administration said in a court filing Tuesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management anticipates holding a sale for offshore leases in October or November, the administration said.   The Bureau […]

President Joe Biden speaks outside the White House with a bipartisan group of senators after meeting on an infrastructure deal on June 24 in Washington, D.C. From left to right are Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

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

By: and - August 13, 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 – […]

Capitol dome

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 […]

Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado

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

By: - July 21, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on 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 […]