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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.

U.S. Senator John Neely Kennedy

Here’s what senators said on the first day of the U.S. Supreme Court hearings

By: and - March 21, 2022

The 22 members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee each had 10 minutes on Monday to make opening statements about the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ketanji Brown Jackson

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

By: - March 21, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, will field questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee in highly anticipated public hearings.

Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House speaker hints at bigger COVID aid push after $15 billion yanked from spending bill

By: - March 17, 2022

Amid reports of rising case levels overseas, Pelosi said the United States may need more than the amount negotiated with Republicans that congressional leaders eventually pulled from the $1.5 trillion government funding bill Congress passed last week.

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

By: and - March 16, 2022

During the speech, delivered virtually to members of Congress in an auditorium on Capitol Hill, Zelenskyy drew a comparison between attacks on the United States and on his democracy and called on the U.S. to institute a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

Passengers wearing masks at Miami International Airport

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. They asked the court to step in to lift the rule. 

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

By: and - March 10, 2022

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.

Oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico

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

By: - March 10, 2022

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.

National parks leader pledges more inclusion of Native Americans in land management

By: - March 8, 2022

A congressman from Louisiana said the focus of the hearing was an "embarrassment" and that the committee should address more pressing matters.

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

By: and - March 8, 2022

“The decision today is not without cost here at home,” Biden said. “Since Putin began his military buildup on Ukrainian borders, just since then, the price of gas at the pump in America went up 75 cents. And with this action, it’s going to go up further.”

Jan. 6 protestor inside U.S. Capitol

Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack lives on in hundreds of court cases

By: - March 3, 2022

As Republicans seek to downplay the attack as normal political debate, the Department of Justice continues to spend enormous amounts of time and energy pressing cases against insurrectionists from across the country who tried to overturn a presidential election with violence.

New Mexico’s Luján back and voting in the U.S. Senate after recovery from stroke

By: - March 3, 2022

C-SPAN video showed the New Mexico Democrat’s fellow senators gave Luján a standing ovation when he walked into a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Thursday

Biden OKs release of 30 million barrels of oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

By: - March 1, 2022

President Joe Biden authorized on Tuesday the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, part of an international boost to the global oil supply that has been disrupted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The reserve is a complex of four sites with deep underground storage caverns in salt domes along […]