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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy and helps direct national coverage as deputy Washington bureau chief for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Interior would see big funding boost under Biden budget proposal; how Pa. benefits

By: and - March 31, 2022

Tribal programs within Interior would receive $4.5 billion, an increase of more than $1 billion, to support public safety, social services, climate and education initiatives. That funding would cover $632 million for public safety and justice programs, including a collaboration with the Justice Department to “address the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons.”

Ketanji Brown Jackson wins bipartisan support for U.S. Supreme Court with Collins’ backing

By: - March 30, 2022

The Maine lawmaker is first Republican to pledge their support for President Joe Biden’s U.S. Supreme Court pick.

U.S. Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to start today

By: - March 21, 2022

If she's confirmed, Jackson would make history as the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court.

Zelenskyy reminds Congress of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in pleading for U.S. help for Ukraine

By: and - March 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Wednesday invoked the Pearl Harbor attacks ahead of World War II and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, while urging the United States to do more to stop the Russian war against his country. During the speech, delivered virtually to members of Congress in an auditorium on Capitol Hill, Zelenskyy […]

Biden’s Fed nominee withdraws after GOP boycott coupled with Manchin opposition

By: - March 15, 2022

Sarah Bloom Raskin of Maryland withdrew her nomination to the Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday, the day after a key coal-state Democrat announced he would vote against her due to her views on climate change. In a three-page letter to President Joe Biden, Raskin, a Duke University law professor whom the Senate confirmed to two […]

Republicans in Congress file suit to end mask mandate for air travel

By: - March 15, 2022

The mandate illegally restricts the lawmakers’ freedom and is not backed by legal authority, they said in the suit filed Monday.

Biden’s Fed pick in doubt with Manchin’s opposition; Pa.’s Toomey a skeptic too

By: - March 15, 2022

Toomey, the ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, said GOP lawmakers are ready to vote on the White House's 4 other Fed picks.

Return of earmarks a boon for members of Congress facing midterm battles

By: and - March 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — Vulnerable lawmakers from throughout the country are set to rake in federal cash for home-state projects after a major spending bill included the first round of earmarks in more than a decade. Members from both political parties began requesting thousands of projects last year when U.S. House and Senate leaders resurrected what’s called […]

U.S. Senate Republicans attack Biden on energy costs, regulations after new inflation report

By: - March 10, 2022

Nebraska’s Deb Fischer and fellow U.S. Senate Republicans slammed President Joe Biden on Thursday for the sharp rise in consumer prices, calling for policy shifts to increase U.S. energy supply, roll back regulations and curb spending. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday the consumer price index rose nearly 8% in February over the same month in […]

U.S. Gas Prices Soar To Record National Average

Biden declares U.S. ban on Russian oil, warns of gasoline price spikes

By: and - March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States will no longer import Russian energy in an attempt to further cripple that nation’s economy as it wages war against Ukraine. President Joe Biden announced the newest sanctions Tuesday from the White House, saying that a ban on Russian oil and gas would target “the main artery of Russia’s economy.” […]

A year after Jan. 6, attack on the U.S. Capitol lives on in hundreds of court cases | Analysis

By: - March 5, 2022

More than 15% of the defendants charged in the Capitol insurrection had ties to Pennsylvania, our analysis found.

U.S. sanctions Putin’s personal assets, readies forces for NATO deployment

By: - February 25, 2022

The United States will continue to provide assistance to Ukraine, even as the logistics have become more complicated, officials said.