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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.

Shalanda Young

Two U.S. Senate committees back Louisiana’s Shalanda Young as budget director

By: - February 9, 2022

Two U.S. Senate panels voted Wednesday to send the nomination of Louisiana native Shalanda Young for White House budget director to the floor, setting up a final confirmation vote for the Cabinet-level position. 

A surgical mask and an N95 mask hang on display for sale at a pharmacy. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

CDC preps guidance for governors on relaxing COVID rules, but states forge ahead

By: - February 9, 2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing guidance for governors about when to relax masking and other measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, but doesn’t want to release those instructions just yet.

Mitch McConnell

McConnell rebukes RNC for saying Jan. 6 attack was ‘legitimate political discourse’

By: - February 8, 2022

The Kentucky Republican rebuked the RNC for referring to the riot as “legitimate political discourse” in the censure resolution. McConnell said the events of Jan. 6 were “a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power.”

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House advances marijuana banking bill, though final passage uncertain

By: - February 4, 2022

Cannabis dispensaries throughout the country came one step closer to using banks the way many other businesses can when the U.S. House on Friday cleared a bill with sweeping changes to banking regulations.

Judge grants restraining order against Louisiana med school vaccine mandate

White House plans speedy delivery to states of COVID vaccine for littlest kids

By: - February 2, 2022

The Biden administration is preparing to ship COVID-19 vaccines to the states as quickly as possible, should the Food and Drug Administration approve an emergency use authorization for kids under 5. 

U.S. sending 2,000 North Carolina-based troops to Europe amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

By: - February 2, 2022

The Pentagon is preparing to deploy thousands of soldiers to Europe in the coming days, though those troops aren’t expected to fight in Ukraine should Russia attack that country.

Shalanda Young

Louisiana’s Shalanda Young a step closer to becoming Biden’s budget director

By: - February 1, 2022

Louisiana native Shalanda Young on Tuesday moved one step closer to formally becoming the Biden administration’s top budget official, though it wasn’t immediately clear if she’d receive broad Republican support.

Governors attempt to bridge deep political divides in big D.C. meeting

By: , and - January 31, 2022

Governors of both parties from throughout the United States met here over the weekend to try to speak on a unified front about what their states need from the federal government.

Biden vows to nominate first Black woman to Supreme Court by end of February

By: - January 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer formally announced his retirement Thursday, giving President Joe Biden his first, and possibly only, opportunity to make a nomination for the lifetime appointment. At the White House, Biden said he will make his decision by the end of February and recommitted to nominating the court’s first Black female […]

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Fauci declines to predict COVID vaccine timetable for kids under 5

By: - January 26, 2022

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said while he expects the vaccine regimen for children under 5 will be three doses

Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

By: , and - January 26, 2022

The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, though the evenly divided Senate could significantly affect that choice. 

House lawmakers reject vaccine reporting requirement for coroners

Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule

By: - January 25, 2022

The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month that blocked the rule from taking effect.