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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.

Proposal would ban Russian imports to Louisiana

U.S. House moves to revoke Russia, Belarus trade status; 8 Republicans vote no

By: - March 17, 2022

The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to revoke normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus, another step the federal government hopes will end the Russian war in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy reminds Congress of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in pleading for U.S. help for Ukraine

By: and - March 16, 2022

During the speech, delivered virtually to members of Congress in an auditorium on Capitol Hill, Zelenskyy drew a comparison between attacks on the United States and on his democracy and called on the U.S. to institute a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

Shalanda Young

U.S. Senate confirms Louisiana’s Shalanda Young to head up White House budget agency

By: - March 15, 2022

Young, former staff director for the House Appropriations Committee, will become the first Black woman to head up the Cabinet-level agency that releases the president’s budget request, oversees federal agencies’ performance and reviews significant federal regulations.

COVID-19 vaccine being administered

With COVID funding stuck in Congress, White House raises alarms about shortfall

By: - March 15, 2022

Senior administration officials told reporters Tuesday that without the $22.5 billion the White House requested last month, there will be a drop-off in the federal government’s ability to purchase tests, treatments and vaccines.

Shalanda Young

Louisiana’s Shalanda Young advances toward Senate confirmation as Biden’s budget director

By: - March 15, 2022

The U.S. Senate gave President Joe Biden’s budget director nominee a first nod of approval Monday night, voting to advance her to a final confirmation vote later this week.

military members marching

VA eyes major changes in health care system as veterans flock to the South, Southwest

By: - March 14, 2022

The restructuring would mean the closures or consolidations of some medical facilities, likely provoking opposition from communities and members of Congress.

Ukrainians protest Putin in London

U.S., other democracies limit Russian trade benefits in reaction to war against Ukraine

By: - March 11, 2022

President Joe Biden on Friday announced a new round of sanctions on Russia by the United States, as well as countries within the European Union and the Group of Seven nations.

Congress nears finish line on spending package that omits aid for COVID tests, treatment

By: - March 10, 2022

Congress is close to clearing a massive government funding package that includes billions in aid to Ukraine, but Democrats and Republicans remain locked in a stalemate over additional pandemic relief.

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

By: and - March 10, 2022

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.

COVID aid stripped from U.S. spending bill after protests states would lose relief money

By: - March 9, 2022

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that it was “heartbreaking” to remove the COVID-19 funding, but added that the House needed to immediately pass the rest of the $1.5 trillion spending package, including aid to Ukraine. 

Ukraine building damaged by Russian missile

Congress reaches deal on massive spending package with billions for COVID aid, Ukraine

By: - March 9, 2022

The announcement means Congress should be able to avert a government shutdown when a spending patch expires at midnight on Friday, though an additional patch until next week will have to be passed as well.

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

By: and - March 8, 2022

“The decision today is not without cost here at home,” Biden said. “Since Putin began his military buildup on Ukrainian borders, just since then, the price of gas at the pump in America went up 75 cents. And with this action, it’s going to go up further.”