Author

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.

Pence was within 40 feet of mob inflamed by Trump, Jan. 6 committee reveals

By: - June 16, 2022

The private and public conflict between Donald Trump and Mike Pence over certifying the 2020 election results put the vice president within steps of the Jan. 6 attackers, the U.S. House committee investigating the insurrection said Thursday. As the mob approached the U.S. Senate chamber in the Capitol, the vice president’s Secret Service retinue hustled […]

Biden directs federal agencies to protect LGBTQI+ rights under attack in GOP-led states

By: - June 15, 2022

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aiming to curtail conversion therapy, expand health care access, and promote safe learning for LGBTQI+ people. The order is meant to counter laws in Republican-led states that restrict the rights of LGBTQI+ kids and their families. A senior administration official referenced Texas and Florida as two states […]

Trump spread claims of election fraud debunked by his own legal team, Jan. 6 panel says

By: - June 13, 2022

Former President Donald Trump planted the seeds for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by continually promoting theories that he lost the 2020 election through fraud, even though top advisers and officials told him there was no evidence to support the claim, according to testimony a U.S. House committee presented Monday. In its […]

Jan. 6 panel says Trump, far-right groups responsible for insurrection

By: - June 10, 2022

A widely anticipated hearing Thursday by the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol alleged two groups supporting then-President Donald Trump planned the riot to stop the transfer of presidential power – while Trump tacitly endorsed the insurrection and was indifferent to calls to hang then-Vice President Mike Pence. […]

What to know about Thursday’s public hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

By: - June 8, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will launch the first in a series of public hearings Thursday night in the hopes of drawing a major prime-time national television audience. The Democratic-led committee, which includes two Republicans who defied their party leadership to join, has been tight-lipped about […]

Congress, White House scramble to ease baby formula shortage

By: and - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON – Both the Biden administration and Congress moved Wednesday to try to relieve a national infant formula shortage, as the White House invoked the Defense Production Act and the U.S. House approved $28 million for the Food and Drug Administration. President Joe Biden said he would use the law to address the formula shortage, […]

Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

By: - May 17, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. In a visit to the Upstate New York city, Biden and other New York […]

Biden administration vows to speed up environmental permits needed for infrastructure projects

By: - May 11, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration will seek to hasten construction of roads, bridges, wind farms, and more by tweaking the federal review process for environmental and other permits, administration officials said Tuesday. On a press call, administration officials said they were seeking to make permitting easier without sacrificing environmental standards. The new permitting plan includes five […]

Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short

By: - May 5, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote next week on a bill to codify abortion protections, following the disclosure that the Supreme Court could be ready to overturn a landmark abortion rights ruling, he and other Senate Democrats announced Thursday.  The effort appears largely symbolic. Democrats are well short of the 60 […]

Border wall under construction

Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden administration from ending Title 42

By: - April 25, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana said Monday he will block the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that keeps immigrants seeking asylum out of the United States. U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays told Republican state attorneys general and the federal government that he planned to grant the Republicans’ request for a temporary […]

Shadow of an oil pumpjack

3 big reasons why the Biden climate agenda is floundering

By: - April 22, 2022

President Joe Biden’s climate agenda took a hit this month when the Interior Department said it would open up 144,000 acres of federal land for oil and gas development to comply with a court order to restart fossil fuel development. The announcement marked yet another setback for a presidential climate plan that was once seen […]

A passenger plane during takeoff

Biden administration will appeal ruling on travel mask mandate — if CDC says it’s needed

By: - April 20, 2022

The Biden administration will appeal a federal judge’s order striking down a mask mandate for air travel and public transit, subject to a decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Justice Department said in a Tuesday night statement. The CDC has yet to conclude that the mandate – which applied in […]