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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.

Amtrak train in Denver

White House touts clean energy, transit, rail projects in sprawling infrastructure bill

By: and - November 10, 2021

WASHINGTON – Federal officials on Tuesday offered details about how money from the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill would be spent, emphasizing the pending law’s potential to add clean energy capacity. Department of Transportation officials highlighted the $1.2 trillion bill’s record funding for public transit like buses and subways, as well as for Amtrak. They […]

Nancy Pelosi, James Clyburn and Steny Hoyer

U.S. House sends $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to Biden for his signature

By: and - November 6, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House cleared a $1.2 trillion physical infrastructure bill and took a major step toward passage of a landmark $1.85 trillion social spending and climate bill late Friday, following months of wrangling between Democrats’ progressive and moderate wings. The votes marked a milestone in the marathon negotiations among members of the House […]

The U.S. Capitol at night

Senate Republicans block a voting rights bill for the third time this year

By: - November 3, 2021

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked another voting rights bill, this one named for Georgia civil rights icon John R. Lewis. On a 50-49 vote, the Senate declined to proceed to debate on the latest Democratic effort at a nationwide voting rights overhaul meant to stymie Republican-led state laws restricting voting access.  It […]

John Lewis

Revised voting rights bill named for John Lewis wins over one GOP senator

By: - November 3, 2021

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday she would join Senate Democrats in backing a compromise voting rights bill, marking the first time this year a Republican has signed on to a measure that likely still lacks enough GOP support to become law. Murkowski, of Alaska, joined Democrats Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard J. Durbin of […]

Biden calls for ‘decade of action’ on climate, apologizes for Trump exit from Paris Agreement

By: - November 1, 2021

President Joe Biden urged the international community on Monday to transition to clean energy, curb greenhouse gas emissions, including methane, and help developing nations adapt to a changing climate.  Speaking at a pivotal United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Biden said worsening wildfires and once-in-a-century storms hitting every few years show that there’s only […]

Joe Biden

No climate deal for Biden as he joins global allies at critical UN conference

By: - October 29, 2021

President Joe Biden will arrive at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, without new federal programs in hand to fight climate change, after Democrats in Congress failed to reach an agreement to pass his revised $1.75 trillion spending plan. But environmental advocates say they haven’t given up and praised the new proposal […]

Tracy Stone-Manning

Biden’s new public lands chief faced with building bridges after confirmation battle

By: - October 22, 2021

Before she inspired partisan theatrics in the U.S. Senate as the Bureau of Land Management nominee, Tracy Stone-Manning built a reputation in Montana — her home for more than 30 years — as a consensus-builder. Stone-Manning stood out as an expert at bridging divides between conservationists and loggers, miners and recreational land users, in a […]

President Joe Biden walks down a hallway

Why there’s such an impasse in Congress: Some questions and answers

By: and - October 1, 2021

WASHINGTON – Congress may have kept the federal government operating with an 11th-hour flurry of votes on Thursday, but several key pieces of the Democratic agenda remain in limbo. Here are some questions and answers on where negotiations stand with two massive Democratic-drafted bills — and the status of other looming challenges for federal lawmakers:  […]

The U.S. Capitol building

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 […]