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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.

New U.S. sanctions on Russia target banks, high-tech imports

By: and - February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States and Western allies stepped up economic sanctions on Russia following its escalated attack on Ukraine, President Joe Biden said at the White House on Thursday. Biden had for weeks pledged to impose significant sanctions on Russia if President Vladimir Putin followed through on plans to invade Ukraine. As the invasion ramped […]

Waves of Russian forces launch assault on Ukraine and U.S. prepares added sanctions

By: - February 24, 2022

President Joe Biden Thursday vowed a “united and decisive” wave of sanctions against Russia in the wake of its Ukraine invasion.

Members of Congress from both parties in Pa. and beyond urge tough sanctions on Russia

By: , , and - February 22, 2022

Members of Congress appear unified, for the moment, that the most the United States should do is restrict Russia's economy, not send U.S. soldiers to face Russian troops in the streets of Ukraine.

Biden says Russia has begun invading Ukraine, announces initial sanctions

By: - February 22, 2022

“If Russia goes further with this invasion, we stand prepared to go further, as with sanctions,” Biden said from the East Room of the White House. 

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 delayed until at least April

By: - February 11, 2022

The pharmaceutical companies and the Food and Drug Administration released separate statements Friday saying a review of the vaccine for children under 5 years old will likely not take place until early April. 

Schumer, Booker, Wyden ask U.S. Senate colleagues for help on marijuana reform

By: - February 10, 2022

The biggest hurdle for the legislation would be garnering support from at least 10 Republican senators, the minimum number needed to advance a bill in the evenly divided Senate.

CDC preps guidance for governors on relaxing COVID rules, but states forge ahead

By: - February 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing guidance for governors about when to relax masking and other measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, but doesn’t want to release those instructions just yet. Director Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday that it’s too soon to begin rolling back masking and other public […]

U.S. House advances marijuana banking bill, though final passage uncertain

By: - February 4, 2022

The federal government’s classification of marijuana as a Schedule I illegal substance, by definition something with no medical use and a high potential for abuse, means that it’s difficult for cannabis businesses to use banks. 

Free at-home COVID tests to be handed out to Medicare beneficiaries this spring

By: - February 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — Starting this spring, Medicare beneficiaries will be able to get up to eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month at no cost. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday that eligible pharmacies and participating organizations will begin distributing the tests in the coming months to individuals on either original Medicare or in […]

Jan. 6 committee subpoenas bogus pro-Trump electors from Pa., 6 more states

By: - January 28, 2022

Groups from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin all allegedly sent in lists of so-called alternate electors to the National Archives.

Biden vows to nominate first Black woman to Supreme Court by end of February

By: - January 27, 2022

Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving the White House its first chance to name a high court nominee

Fauci declines to predict COVID vaccine timetable for kids under 5

By: - January 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents hoping to vaccinate their young children against COVID-19 will need to be patient, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned Wednesday. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said while he expects the vaccine regimen for children under 5 will be three doses, he couldn’t provide a timeline on when the […]