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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.

Lack of confidence in U.S. elections is just one example of the danger to democracy posed by misinformation and disinformation, much of it spread by social media. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

Of more than 7,500 threats against members of Congress in 2022, just 22 prosecuted

By: - February 1, 2023

Members of Congress receive thousands of threats a year, though just a fraction of the people who call, mail or email will ever be prosecuted — a situation that’s of great concern to the police who guard members.

National Dems ready to OK new 2024 primary voting calendar, despite uncertainty in two states

By: - January 27, 2023

Party bosses will meet Feb. 4 in Philadelphia. But it won’t be the last step in what’s become a contentious process.

Federal judge could decide as soon as February to yank abortion pill nationwide

By: - January 23, 2023

The case is likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022.

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U.S. hits debt limit and Treasury Department begins ‘extraordinary measures’

By: - January 19, 2023

'The debt ceiling is officially a ticking time bomb we can’t diffuse soon enough,' U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen gives a speech on the economy at Fords Rouge Electric Vehicle Center on Sept. 8, 2022 in Dearborn, Michigan. Yellen toured the factory, which produces the Ford F-150 Lightning, before her remarks. (Photo by Sarah Rice/Getty Images)

U.S. to hit debt limit much sooner than expected, thrusting Congress into showdown

By: - January 13, 2023

The country will reach the debt limit on Jan. 19 at which point the Treasury Department will begin using extraordinary measures.

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U.S. House Republicans push through two anti-abortion measures in first work week

By: - January 11, 2023

U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-4th District, accused the GOP of engaging in 'another extreme political stunt.'

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U.S. House GOP backs rules plan without disclosing deals made with hard-right members

By: , and - January 10, 2023

The 55-page rules package sets the parameters for how bills should be written, how committees will operate and how the floor will run during the next two years.

U.S. House GOP backs McCarthy as speaker after tense and chaotic late-night session

By: , and - January 7, 2023

'Congratulations to the American People — tonight your much-improved House starts to get back in order. Now on to the business of saving the Republic,' U.S. Rep. Scott Perry said.

McCarthy flips GOP holdouts as his campaign for U.S. House speaker gathers speed

By: and - January 6, 2023

Pa.'s Perry goes from 'no' to 'yes' on the embattled Republican leader.

California Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy heads to the U.S. House chamber just after noon on Jan. 5, 2023, as the House began another day of votes on his bid to become speaker. “We’re just going to keep working until we solve it,” he told reporters. (Ashley Murray / States Newsroom)

U.S. House stuck for a third day as Republicans struggle to unite around a speaker

By: and - January 5, 2023

“Either we have the tools to do it, or we have the personnel to do it. It’s going to be one, or the other,” Perry said.

With Pa.’s Perry at the fore, U.S. House paralyzed as GOP’s speaker fight drags into its second day

By: and - January 4, 2023

'We can’t continue with the same failed policies, rules, strategies, and leadership that are killing our nation, ' Perry said.

Pa.’s Perry, U.S. House conservatives tank Kevin McCarthy’s bid to be speaker on multiple ballots

By: and - January 3, 2023

McCarthy received 203 votes to Democratic nominee Hakeem Jeffries’ 212 votes, with the remaining support going to other GOP lawmakers.