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. military member in fatigues

Nine rare cancers tied to burn pit exposure added to VA benefits list

By: - April 25, 2022

President Joe Biden, who has said his son Beau Biden’s exposure to toxic fumes from the pits could have led to his death, announced the policy change Monday, saying in a statement he hopes to avoid repeating mistakes of the past.

Ukraine building damaged by Russian missile

Biden to ask Congress for more Ukraine aid after earlier U.S. funding runs dry

By: - April 22, 2022

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans would only vote to advance the bill if Democratic leaders agreed to votes on amendments regarding Title 42.

Right-wing protestors in Maricopa County, Arizona

U.S. House panels probe election disinformation in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas

By: - April 21, 2022

The two committees are part of an ongoing effort by U.S. lawmakers to look at how false claims by former President Donald Trump and his supporters about the 2020 presidential election have reverberated throughout the country. 

border patrol paddy wagon

U.S. immigration, border agencies face funding shortfall after public health order ends

By: - April 20, 2022

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security expects to be short on cash for border and immigration operations later this year after the federal government ends a policy prevents migrants from claiming asylum during a health crisis.

States rush to revise their abortion laws as a major U.S. Supreme Court decision nears

By: - April 20, 2022

The court’s decision on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban is expected sometime within the next two months. But state legislatures have been racing to prepare for the expected landmark ruling by shepherding new, vastly different pieces of legislation to their governors.

U.S. lawmakers look for path ahead on billions in restaurant, small business aid

By: - April 12, 2022

The restaurant funding would go to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund that Democrats established last year.

U.S. Capitol

New federal COVID aid delayed after U.S. Senate Republicans insist on immigration debate

By: - April 8, 2022

Despite reaching a bipartisan agreement Monday for $10 billion for testing, treatments and vaccines, much of it needed in states, the U.S. Senate was unable to begin floor debate due to a dispute about whether Republicans should be able to offer amendments, including one on Title 42.

Louisiana Legislature passes ban on Russian imports

Congress votes to back Ukraine by suspending normal trade relations with Russia

By: - April 7, 2022

Ending Russia’s most favored nation status, or permanent normal trade relations, allows the U.S. government to increase tariffs on Russian imports.

U.S. Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson, ‘America at its best,’ to Supreme Court

By: - April 7, 2022

The 53-47 vote comes just six weeks after President Joe Biden announced his  nomination of Jackson from the White House, fulfilling a promise he first made on the campaign trail. 

COVID-19 hospital ward

Biden administration details new research plan on ‘long COVID’ illness

By: - April 5, 2022

The illness that lasts for months and possibly even years has so far confounded doctors trying to figure out exactly why some people are left with life-changing symptoms after fighting off the initial illness. 

Dr. David Obert receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination

U.S. Senate strikes bipartisan agreement on $10 billion in COVID-19 funding

By: - April 4, 2022

The funding total announced Monday is less than half of the $22.5 billion the Biden administration asked Congress for at the beginning of March. 

coronavirus omicron variant under microscope

5 questions about COVID-19 funding that’s stuck in D.C.

By: - April 1, 2022

Congress remains undecided over how exactly to provide billions more to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a new variant spreads throughout states and public health officials caution the virus doesn’t show signs of fading away.