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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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GOP support for same-sex marriage protections builds in U.S. Senate

By: - July 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate appears on track to send President Joe Biden a bill in the coming weeks that would guarantee same-sex and interracial couples can marry, even if the Supreme Court overturns the landmark cases that enshrined those rights.  “I think we’re very close,” Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Tuesday of efforts […]

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Biden tests positive for COVID-19

By: and - July 21, 2022

President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. He is taking medication to reduce the severity of symptoms and the duration of illness.

U.S. Senate bills would ban fake electors, clear up Electoral College procedures

By: - July 20, 2022

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Wednesday that aims to clarify the 1887 law that governs how Congress counts Electoral College votes following a presidential election.

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Bill to protect same-sex marriage passes U.S. House in bipartisan vote

By: - July 19, 2022

The U.S. House approved a bill to enshrine same-sex marriage into federal law July 19, 2022. The proposal follows last month's Supreme Court decision to overrule the Roe v. Wade, raising concerns the constitutional right to an abortion may not be the only fundamental right the conservative justices could reverse. (Canva image)

Members of Congress sit in the street in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in support of abortion rights prior to their arrest July 19, 2022.

Members of Congress arrested after protest for abortion rights in front of Supreme Court

By: - July 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen members of Congress were arrested Tuesday alongside abortion rights activists after they sat down and blocked an intersection between the U.S. Capitol building and the Supreme Court to protest conservative justices’ decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.  The act of civil disobedience came as backers of abortion rights urge […]

A protester attends a June 24, 2022, rally in Lansing, Michigan

U.S. House passes bills to ensure nationwide abortion access, interstate travel

By: - July 15, 2022

It’s unlikely either bill the House passed Friday will clear the evenly divided U.S. Senate.

U.S. Senate panel wrestles with questions about abortions needed to save a patient’s life

By: - July 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans on the U.S. Senate panel that oversees health care sharply disagreed Wednesday over how Congress should respond to confusion among doctors about compliance with state abortion bans.  State abortion restrictions, some of which were written long ago and don’t account for complicated medical situations, don’t make it clear when a […]

Members of U.S. Senate panel fight over effects of abortion ruling on Black patients

By: - July 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday began wading through the dozens of state laws that have taken effect in the two weeks since the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to an abortion, and heard from witnesses who said the effect on Black patients will be especially harsh.  “People of color, specifically […]

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State bans on abortion don’t apply to emergency health care, White House reminds providers

By: - July 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration reminded doctors and other health care providers Monday that a federal law protects them if they provide abortion services to save a patient’s life or health in emergency situations — regardless of what state laws say.  U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra wrote in a letter that the […]

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Biden unveils executive order on abortion access, cites case of 10-year-old Ohio rape survivor

By: - July 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden, who has repeatedly been criticized as slow to respond to a widely expected U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended the nationwide right to an abortion, signed an executive order Friday that could preserve some access to abortion in states where the procedure remains legal.  Biden in a White House speech […]

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As abortion crisis engulfs red states, advocates press White House for a bolder plan

By: - July 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Frustrated abortion rights advocates are imploring President Joe Biden to make sweeping moves to protect abortion access, saying now is the time for Democrats to be bold as Republican-led states rapidly implement restrictions and outright bans.  Stymied in the U.S. Senate by the filibuster, congressional Democrats are highly unlikely to approve legislation that […]

Abortion rights activists react to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

Biden to unveil executive order protecting abortion access

By: - July 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order Friday morning detailing how his administration plans to protect access to reproductive health care services, including abortion.  The executive order and a late-morning speech come exactly two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority released its opinion undoing the constitutional right to […]