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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.

Return of earmarks a boon for members of Congress facing midterm battles

By: and - March 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — Vulnerable lawmakers from throughout the country are set to rake in federal cash for home-state projects after a major spending bill included the first round of earmarks in more than a decade. Members from both political parties began requesting thousands of projects last year when U.S. House and Senate leaders resurrected what’s called […]

Biden declares U.S. ban on Russian oil, warns of gasoline price spikes

By: and - March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States will no longer import Russian energy in an attempt to further cripple that nation’s economy as it wages war against Ukraine. President Joe Biden announced the newest sanctions Tuesday from the White House, saying that a ban on Russian oil and gas would target “the main artery of Russia’s economy.” […]

U.S. government shutdown days away as Congress struggles on Ukraine aid, COVID-19 relief

By: - March 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — With just five days left before government funding expires, Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach agreement on $1.5 trillion in federal spending as well as billions more in assistance to Ukraine and COVID-19 relief. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote Monday morning that Democrats made “​​a reasonable global offer to […]

White House wants $10B for Ukraine aid, $22.5B for more COVID help

By: - March 3, 2022

The Ukraine aid is based on the best information the administration has at the moment, an administration official said.

Biden in State of the Union urges ‘unmistakable’ support for democracy in Ukraine

By: and - March 1, 2022

'Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos,' Biden told a joint session of Congress.

Here’s what to look for in President Joe Biden’s debut State of the Union speech

By: - March 1, 2022

Biden will urge lawmakers to send him legislation that would lower prescription drug prices, reduce how much families pay for child care and create a national paid family and medical leave program.

Billions in U.S. aid for Ukraine eyed in struggle against Russian invasion

By: - February 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress is working quickly to determine how much military and humanitarian aid it should send to Ukraine as the war in that country continues to claim lives and send hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing as refugees. Lawmakers are working with the Biden administration to provide billions in funding at the same time […]

Reports: Biden to tap Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the U.S. Supreme Court

By: and - February 25, 2022

If confirmed by the Senate, Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

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.