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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.

Huge $1.7T spending package passes in U.S. Senate with bipartisan backing 

By: and - December 22, 2022

Casting his last vote in Washington, Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, of Pa., opposed the bill.

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Congress rolls out $1.7T spending deal in race to Friday deadline

By: - December 20, 2022

House Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., want Senate Republicans to block the spending bill.

The south Portico of the White House

White House keys in on mayors and mayors-elect for D.C. forum on federal funding

By: - December 15, 2022

Mayors are especially good partners for the White House, a senior White House official said, because they’re “problem solvers.”

Biden Marriage Protection Act signing

Federal marriage protection law is a win, but ‘more work remains,’ Pa. Rep. Benham says in D.C.

By: and - December 14, 2022

At the White House, President Joe Biden signs law extending historic marriage protections to same-sex and interracial couples.

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Marriage equality bill heads to Biden’s desk following bipartisan U.S. House vote

By: and - December 8, 2022

The 258-169-1 vote included the backing of 39 Republicans. President Joe Biden plans to sign the bill.

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

A record-setting number of women will serve in state legislatures in 2023

By: - December 1, 2022

States will have at least 2,376 female lawmakers in 2023, including both women elected in 2022 and holdovers.

U.S. House GOP to keep earmarks for local projects — with some ‘tweaks’

By: - December 1, 2022

Earmarking has become especially important to members of both political parties in the short time it’s been back.

The U.S. Capitol. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

U.S. Senate passes bill protecting same-sex marriage

By: - November 29, 2022

Republicans voted with the chamber's Democrats to approve the landmark measure; It returns to the House.

More than $37B in disaster aid under scrutiny in congressional lame duck

By: - November 29, 2022

The request comes on top of aid requests for COVID-19 relief and assistance to Ukraine.

Brielle Robinson, daughter of the late Army Sgt. First Class Heath Robinson, joins veterans advocacy groups, activists, politicians and fellow victims’ families during a news conference about military burn pits legislation outside the U.S. Capitol on March 29, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Biden has said burn pits — which incinerated medical and hazard material, jet fuel and other substances — were one of the many dangers U.S. soldiers faced during deployments. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

By: - November 28, 2022

The VA is hiring more employees to provide health care and process applications. But a short-term backlog still is expected.

Nancy Pelosi, first woman to serve as speaker of the U.S. House, steps down from leadership

By: and - November 17, 2022

Pelosi is 'a mentor to me and has guided our caucus with an unwavering commitment to the American people,' U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean said.

Bill protecting same-sex marriage gains bipartisan support in U.S. Senate; Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split

By: - November 16, 2022

Retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said the bill 'does not provide any meaningful benefit to same-sex marriages that does not already exist.'