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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.

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A GOP showdown over the debt limit could grip Congress and the nation next year

By: - October 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans are eyeing the debt limit and government funding deadlines as a way to force Democrats to the negotiating table for spending cuts, should the GOP regain control of Congress following the midterm elections.  Republicans unhappy about government spending could move to shut down the government, a tactic unsuccessful for the GOP in […]

Voters line up inside the Smyrna Community Center for the first day of early voting Oct. 17.

More than 9 million voters already have cast their ballots in November elections

By: - October 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — Roughly 9.4 million Americans have already voted in the midterm elections, casting a combination of in-person early votes and mail-in ballots, according to data compiled by the United States Elections Project. Florida as well as Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania are among the top states in terms of early voting so far.  The initiative, […]

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a Democrat seeking reelection this November, talks with Cailin and Jarett Berke, co-owners of Lou’s Restaurant and Bakery in Hanover.

How claims about a federal abortion ban are roiling one state as the midterms near

By: - October 25, 2022

WILMOT, New Hampshire — Voters in this swing state are among the relatively few Americans who will decide control of Congress during November’s midterm elections, shaping domestic and foreign policy for the next two years and delivering a verdict on Joe Biden’s presidency.  Granite Staters interviewed by States Newsroom, during a mid-October week trailing U.S. […]

Mitch McConnell

The battle for control of Congress: Abortion, inflation, crime and Biden

By: , and - October 11, 2022

In this file photo from January 2020, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, leaves the Senate chamber during a brief recess during the impeachment trial proceedings at the U.S. Capitol. McConnell said odds are even for Republicans to regain control of Congress in the midterm elections. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

a woman fills rolling paper with marijuana

Biden to pardon all federal offenses for simple marijuana possession, review criminalization

By: , and - October 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced executive actions that would pardon thousands of people with prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. Biden then called on governors to follow suit with state offenses for simple marijuana possession, saying that “just as no one should be in a Federal prison solely due to the […]

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul became the state’s first female governor after Andrew Cuomo resigned in November 2021 amid several sexual harassment allegations.

Women could claim the most governors’ seats in U.S. history in November

By: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Women running in governors’ races throughout the country are potentially set to break records if elected this November. In total there are 25 women governor candidates nominated by the two major political parties this election cycle, sharply up from 16 in 2018.  Democrats hold 16 of those nominations, with nine GOP women candidates […]

U.S. Senator John Neely Kennedy

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

By: - September 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved broadly bipartisan legislation Thursday that would provide billions for natural disaster relief, military and economic aid to Ukraine and funding to help low-income families offset the rising costs of heating and cooling their homes.  It includes $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that burned large […]

Senator Joe Manchin

Manchin seeks bipartisan ‘sweet spot’ for a new try at his energy permitting bill

By: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators from both parties said Wednesday they hope to negotiate an energy permitting reform bill yet this year, reviving efforts to streamline the process after West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III had to pull back his plan amid broad opposition.  The Manchin proposal was attached to a must-pass government funding bill […]

Senator Joe Manchin

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

By: - September 27, 2022

The U.S. Senate pulled Sen. Joe Manchin's energy proposal from a stopgap bipartisan spending bill its members approved Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (File: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

Representative Julia Letlow

Letlow among Republicans backing Hyde Amendment, which leaves abortion exceptions up to states

By: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON —  A nearly 50-year-old federal law backed by Republicans allows the use of federal dollars for abortions in cases of rape, incest or threats to the life of the pregnant person. That so-called Hyde Amendment, which is folded into spending bills, is less stringent than new or planned abortion bans in some GOP-led states, […]

Aboard a Colorado National Guard helicopter, Gov. Jared Polis gets a flyover tour Dec. 31, 2021, of Boulder County neighborhoods destroyed by wildfires the previous day.

Billions for natural disasters, home energy costs included in stopgap spending bill in Congress

By: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress is on track to approve billions in funding this week to help offset rising home heating and cooling costs as well as boost aid for communities recovering from natural disasters.   The package, unveiled overnight, would provide $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire that scorched much of New Mexico […]

A beagle rescued from the Envigo medical dog-breeding facility in Cumberland County, Virginia, at a Capitol Hill event

Beagles rescued from Virginia dog-breeding facility get the star treatment in D.C.

By: - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Now-famous beagles rescued from a breeding and research facility in Virginia were on Capitol Hill on Thursday as an animal welfare group and a California congressman pushed for legislation that would promote adoption of research animals.  “It’s unfortunate that animals are still allowed to be used in testing. That hopefully is going to […]