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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.

Trump issues sweeping executive orders after coronavirus aid talks break down

By: and - August 9, 2020

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill.

Ariz. conservationists sound alarm over Trump pick to head public lands bureau

By: - July 31, 2020

President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Bureau of Land Management has supported mining near the Grand Canyon, livestock grazing in federally protected areas, resource extraction at national monuments and generally opposed federal management of Western lands — all positions conservationists in Arizona say would hurt the state’s public lands.

House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk

By: and - July 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]

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Arizona delegation looks for changes to Native aid in next relief package

By: - July 17, 2020

Arizona’s Native American tribes are among the worst-hit jurisdictions in the world by COVID-19. 

McSally, other vulnerable 2020 GOPers spur public lands bill passage

By: - June 26, 2020

Endangered Republican senators like Arizona’s Martha McSally provided key backing for the public lands bill the U.S. Senate passed June 17, a possible indication the issue holds increasingly bipartisan appeal.

Can lessons from the Great Recession help states avoid budget disasters?

By: - May 7, 2020

As they face massive budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic, states are looking for federal money to help stave off the kind of drastic cuts they enacted during the last economic downturn. 

COVID-19 pandemic fuels state feuds over gun rights

By: - April 23, 2020

COVID-19 has ignited the debate over gun rights as states grapple with whether to allow gun sales while other retailers are forced to shutter.