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.

Congress mostly silent as states struggle to contain monkeypox

By: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Two months after doctors diagnosed the first case of monkeypox in the United States, Congress has yet to hold a hearing, or give any significant attention to the painful and debilitating virus that’s spread to more than 4,600 people. Public health officials in the Biden administration have held several briefings, expanded testing capacity […]

U.S. Senate fails to advance burn pits bill for veterans in dispute over spending

By: - July 28, 2022

Some members had objected because the federal government would pay for the bill’s $278.5B cost through mandatory rather than discretionary spending.

GOP support for same-sex marriage protections builds in U.S. Senate

By: - July 26, 2022

'I think we're very close,'  U.S. Sen. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday of efforts to get at least 10 GOP senators on board with the House-passed legislation.

Republicans in Congress shy away from campaigning on national abortion platform

By: - July 21, 2022

So far this Congress, Republicans have introduced 153 bills addressing abortion, with 94 in the House and 59 in the Senate

Pa.’s Fitzpatrick votes with Dems on bill guaranteeing contraception access

By: - July 21, 2022

The bill is part of the Democrats' response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the constitutional right to an abortion

Biden tests positive for COVID, cancels Pa. trip

By: , and - July 21, 2022

The Democratic president had been set to visit Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre. Those visits were canceled.

Members of the U.S. House about to get arrested by Capitol Police for abortion rights demonstration that’s blocking an intersection between the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court.

Pa.’s Dean among lawmakers arrested after abortion rights protest in front of U.S. Supreme Court

By: - July 19, 2022

'I wanted to send a signal to my daughters and granddaughters. I will stand up for their rights,' Dean said.

Federal law that protects emergency life-saving abortions challenged in Texas suit

By: - July 15, 2022

“This administration has a hard time following the law, and now they are trying to have their appointed bureaucrats mandate that hospitals and emergency medicine physicians perform abortions,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said.

State bans on abortion don’t apply to emergency health care, White House reminds providers

By: - July 12, 2022

'Under the law, no matter where you live, women have the right to emergency care — including abortion care,' a top official said.

As abortion crisis engulfs red states, advocates press White House for a bolder plan

By: - July 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Frustrated abortion rights advocates are imploring President Joe Biden to make sweeping moves to protect abortion access, saying now is the time for Democrats to be bold as Republican-led states rapidly implement restrictions and outright bans. Stymied in the U.S. Senate by the filibuster, congressional Democrats are highly unlikely to approve legislation that […]

Biden to unveil executive order protecting abortion access

By: - July 8, 2022

President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order Friday morning detailing how his administration plans to protect access to reproductive health care services, including abortion

U.S. Senate Dems advance Medicare prescription drug negotiation plan

By: - July 6, 2022

The proposal would allow Medicare to begin negotiating some prescription drug prices starting in 2023.