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Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.

U.S. Senate Democrats fail to enshrine nationwide abortion protections, vow more action

By: and - May 11, 2022

Pa.'s U.S. senators, Democrat Bob Casey, and Republican Pat Toomey, were on opposite sides of the bill.

U.S. Senate to try again on abortion rights after bombshell disclosure of draft opinion

By: - May 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pledged a new vote codifying the right to an abortion after publication of a draft court ruling that showed the Supreme Court on track to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Democrats, who likely won’t have the votes to advance that bill, also predicted that abortion […]

Jan. 6 panel asks three GOP members of the U.S. House to cooperate in probe

By: - May 2, 2022

The U.S. House committee looking into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol sent letters Monday to Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Ronny Jackson of Texas, asking them to share information about meetings and conversations they had in the days and weeks leading up to the insurrection. 

Damage in Kyiv, Ukraine, from the Russian invasion. A residential building destroyed

Congress greenlights lend-lease bill for Ukraine; Pa.’s Perry a ‘no’ vote

By: - April 29, 2022

The central Pa. pol was one of 10 U.S. House Republicans to vote against the military aid.

Biden to ask Congress for more Ukraine aid after earlier U.S. funding runs dry

By: - April 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is preparing to ask Congress for billions more in aid to Ukraine as the war shifts to the Eastern regions of the country, following Russia’s failure to take the capital city of Kyiv. “I’m asking the Defense Department to put together what they think we need,” Biden said this week. […]

U.S. House panels probe election disinformation in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas

By: - April 21, 2022

The four states selected “appear to have significant issues” related to election disinformation, a committee aide said.

States rush to revise their abortion laws as a major U.S. Supreme Court decision nears

By: - April 20, 2022

23 states now have laws clamping down on abortion access should the U.S. Supreme Court rewrite abortion law or overturn Roe v. Wade.

Congress looks to break logjam over billions in aid to restaurants, small biz

By: - April 13, 2022

“You can’t be independent if you go bankrupt,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said of efforts to deliver aid to businesses.

U.S. Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson, ‘America at its best,’ to Supreme Court

By: - April 7, 2022

The 53-47 vote comes just six weeks after President Joe Biden announced his  nomination of Jackson from the White House, fulfilling a promise he first made on the campaign trail. 

Biden administration details new research plan on ‘long COVID’ illness

By: - April 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced plans Tuesday to create a national research action plan that could provide answers to public health officials trying to diagnose and treat so-called long COVID-19. The illness that lasts for months and possibly even years has so far confounded doctors trying to figure out exactly why some people are […]

5 questions answered about COVID-19 funding for states that’s still stuck in D.C.

By: - April 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress remains undecided over how exactly to provide billions more to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a new variant spreads throughout states and public health officials caution the virus doesn’t show signs of fading away. Negotiators were close to an agreement for about $10 billion in federal spending, but as of Friday, several […]

Biden budget plan would levy minimum tax on billionaires, boost national security

By: - March 28, 2022

The budget request launches a months-long fight over how much the government should spend during the next year.