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.

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U.S. House sends Biden stopgap spending bill. What Pa. lawmakers said, how they voted

By: and - September 30, 2022

All nine members of Pennsylvania’s Democratic House delegation, joined by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-1st District, voted in favor of the bill. Pennsylvania’s eight, remaining Republican House lawmakers voted against it, according to an official House roll call.

U.S. Senate approves stopgap spending bill with disaster relief, heating aid

By: - September 29, 2022

As he did earlier in the week, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted against the spending package.

As Manchin pulls energy plan, Pa.’s Toomey votes against advancing stopgap spending bill

By: - September 28, 2022

Democrats and Republicans voted 72-23 to move the measure toward a final vote later this week.

abortion protest capitol

Republicans in Congress say they’d keep federal abortion funding in cases of rape, incest

By: - September 28, 2022

GOP lawmakers said they expect to keep the Hyde Amendment if they retake control after the midterms.

In SWPA, U.S. House GOP outlines agenda in bid for control in the midterms

By: - September 23, 2022

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District, would bar abortion at as early as six weeks.

U.S. senators criticize federal health officials for lagging monkeypox response

By: - September 15, 2022

The first confirmed death of the American outbreak took place this week.

New fight opens in Congress over VA policy that sidesteps state abortion bans

By: - September 11, 2022

Republicans have sharply criticized the VA for changing its longstanding no-abortions policy, with some pledging to keep the status quo.

Bill codifying same-sex marriage nears critical vote in U.S. Senate

By: - September 8, 2022

'I think the momentum is going in the right direction. And yeah, I think it's gonna have good support, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., said.

COVID-19 vaccine may become annual, like flu shot

By: - September 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 boosters shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday. “For a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high […]

Court releases partially redacted affidavit for Mar-a-Lago search

By: - August 26, 2022

The search warrant and property receipt were publicly released on Aug. 12, showing that Trump was under investigation for possibly violating the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice.

Abortion access is on the ballot in November in these states. What you need to know

By: and - August 25, 2022

Language making its way through the Pa. Legislature would declare there is no constitutional right to abortion.

Health workers sit at a table at a pop-up monkeypox vaccination clinic which opened today by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at the West Hollywood Library on Aug. 3, 2022, in West Hollywood, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Aug. 1 over the monkeypox outbreak which continues to grow globally. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

White House calls meeting with college officials on how to curb monkeypox on campus

By: - August 25, 2022

The meeting came on the same day the CDC announced a new website to provide information about monkeypox specifically for college students.