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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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New CDC guidance relaxes indoor public masking in a majority of U.S. counties

By: - February 25, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday unveiled updated guidance for wearing masks indoors in public places, a move that means 70% of Americans likely will be able to ditch their masks.

People wait for buses to evacuate Kyiv, Ukraine.

New U.S. sanctions on Russia target banks, high-tech imports

By: and - February 24, 2022

The United States and Western allies stepped up economic sanctions on Russia following its escalated attack on Ukraine, President Joe Biden said at the White House on Thursday.

Waves of Russian forces launch assault on Ukraine and U.S. prepares added sanctions

By: and - February 24, 2022

President Joe Biden Thursday vowed a “united and decisive” wave of sanctions against Russia after the country’s leaders ordered a military assault on Ukraine.

Biden sanctions Russian natural gas pipeline company Nord Stream 2

By: - February 23, 2022

Biden said in a statement the sanctions are part of the “initial tranche” of economic restrictions the United States began imposing on Russia earlier this week after it sent troops into eastern Ukraine. 

Members of Congress from both parties urge tough sanctions on Russia

By: , and - February 22, 2022

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called on President Joe Biden to impose severe sanctions on Russia after the country declared a broad section of eastern Ukraine independent before sending troops into the region.

Biden says Russia has begun invading Ukraine, announces initial sanctions

By: - February 22, 2022

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine amounted to “the beginning of a Russian invasion” of that country that could get much worse in the days ahead.

Biden to impose sanctions on pro-Russian separatist region of Ukraine

By: - February 21, 2022

President Joe Biden will soon issue an executive order imposing sanctions on investment, trade and financing within the two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin declared independent Monday. 

U.S. Senate clears short-term funding bill after sidestepping ‘crack pipe’ concerns

By: - February 17, 2022

The U.S. Senate on Thursday sent the president a three-week government funding bill that gives negotiators more time to reach agreement on a full-year spending package.

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

CDC to update federal masking guidance in coming weeks

By: - February 16, 2022

The federal government will likely update its guidance on masking and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the coming weeks as the omicron surge continues to wane, U.S. public health officials indicated Wednesday. 

A mob of pro-Trump supporters attack the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, 2020

Jan. 6 panel subpoenas six people tied to pro-Trump fake electors plan

By: - February 16, 2022

The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas Tuesday for six people — including prominent Republicans in Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania — involved in planning slates of fake electors for former President Donald Trump.

U.S. House panel debates record number of guns found at airport checkpoints

By: - February 15, 2022

During 2021, Transportation Security Administration officers detected 5,972 firearms at checkpoints, 86% of which were loaded. That number was up from the previous record of 4,432 discovered in 2019.

Louisiana lawmakers dazed and confused over medical marijuana research

Influential U.S. senators ask colleagues for help on marijuana reform

By: - February 10, 2022

A small but influential group of Democratic senators is asking their colleagues for input on how best to overhaul the federal government’s cannabis laws.