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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.

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.

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.”

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U.S. government shutdown days away as Congress struggles on Ukraine aid, COVID-19 relief

By: - March 7, 2022

With just five days left before government funding expires, Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach agreement on $1.5 trillion in federal spending as well as billions more in assistance to Ukraine and COVID-19 relief.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson meets with Sasse, Klobuchar, Leahy

By: - March 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson spent part of her Thursday shaking hands with Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse underneath a mounted bison head in his Capitol Hill office. The somewhat unusual photo op came on the second day of Jackson meeting privately with senators on the Judiciary Committee ahead of her […]

Ukraine building damaged by Russian missile

White House wants $10 billion for Ukraine aid, $22.5 billion for more COVID help

By: - March 3, 2022

White House acting budget director Shalanda Young wrote in a letter to lawmakers that this likely won’t be the last emergency funding request for either Ukraine or fighting the pandemic as both situations continue to evolve.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin of Illinois with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson meets with top members of U.S. Senate

By: - March 2, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson began the arduous Senate confirmation process Wednesday, meeting on Capitol Hill with four key senators. 

Biden in State of the Union urges ‘unmistakable’ support for democracy in Ukraine

By: and - March 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night to reassert America as a leading global voice for democracy and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an “unprovoked” war in Ukraine.  “Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for […]

Here’s what you will hear Biden talk about in his debut State of the Union

By: - March 1, 2022

President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address is set to focus significantly on the economy, with the former member of the U.S. Senate calling on Congress to pass much of the agenda stalled in the so-called Build Back Better bill.

Billions in U.S. aid for Ukraine eyed in struggle against Russian invasion

By: - February 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress is working quickly to determine how much military and humanitarian aid it should send to Ukraine as the war in that country continues to claim lives and send hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing as refugees.  Lawmakers are working with the Biden administration to provide billions in funding at the same time […]