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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.

U.S. attorney general says DOJ asked for public release of search warrant for Trump estate

By: - August 11, 2022

Garland’s comments echoed the department’s motion itself, which cited the public interest in the matter and that Trump had already publicized the search.

Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

By: - August 10, 2022

Biden has long questioned whether his son Beau’s 2015 death from brain cancer was a direct result of his exposure to burn pits during his time in Iraq as part of the Delaware National Guard. 

Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered

By: - August 9, 2022

The latest shift in strategy comes as the administration races to curtail the spread of the virus, which jumped from 778 cases one month ago on July 9 to 9,493 diagnosed as of Tuesday.

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Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

By: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the measure, called […]

Actor and veterans advocate Jon Stewart speaks to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol

‘These people don’t care’: U.S. Senate GOP stalls bill for veterans exposed to burn pits

By: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Veterans and their advocates gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday for what was supposed to be a celebration, one day after a crucial Senate vote on bipartisan legislation that would expand health care and benefits to 3.5 million veterans exposed to burn pits during their deployments.  The gathering instead became a forum […]

A microscopic photograph of the monkeypox virus.

Congress mostly silent as states struggle to contain monkeypox

By: - July 28, 2022

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.

Senator Joe Manchin

Manchin and U.S. Senate Democrats strike a deal on major health, climate, tax package

By: and - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer struck an agreement Wednesday for a Democrats-only reconciliation package that would allow negotiations on some Medicare prescription drugs, end corporate tax loopholes and address climate change as well as invest in energy projects. President Joe Biden in a statement on […]

Bill guaranteeing right to birth control blocked in U.S. Senate by Republican

By: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Senate Democrats tried to pass legislation Wednesday that would guarantee women can continue using contraception if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the long-standing precedent, the way it did with abortion.  But Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst blocked their efforts by objecting to Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey’s request for unanimous consent to […]

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 in the Rose Garden at the White House

Biden tests negative for COVID, announces he’s back to in-person work

By: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden held a celebratory speech in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, marking his return to the Oval Office less than a week after testing positive for COVID-19.  Biden used the event to encourage Americans to keep updated on their COVID-19 boosters, to test for the virus using the free rapid tests […]

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

By: - July 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate appears on track to send President Joe Biden a bill in the coming weeks that would guarantee same-sex and interracial couples can marry, even if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark cases that enshrined those rights.  “I think we’re very close,” Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday of efforts […]

President Joe Biden

Biden tests positive for COVID-19

By: and - July 21, 2022

President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. He is taking medication to reduce the severity of symptoms and the duration of illness.

U.S. Senate bills would ban fake electors, clear up Electoral College procedures

By: - July 20, 2022

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Wednesday that aims to clarify the 1887 law that governs how Congress counts Electoral College votes following a presidential election.