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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.

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.

President Biden receives second COVID-19 booster vaccine

Biden pleads with Congress for more COVID aid, gets his own second booster

By: - March 30, 2022

Speaking from the White House, Biden said that without a bipartisan agreement on new funding, the federal government will need to roll back or end programs meant to curb the spread of the virus. 

Second COVID booster authorized by FDA for those 50 and older

By: - March 29, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized another round of COVID-19 booster shots for people 50 and older, as well as those who are immunocompromised. 

President Joe Biden

Biden budget plan would levy minimum tax on billionaires, boost national security

By: - March 28, 2022

“I’m calling for one of the largest investments in our national security in history, with the funds needed to ensure that our military remains the best-prepared, best-trained, best equipped military in the world,” Biden said in a statement.

Ukraine apartment building

U.S. to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, levy more sanctions on Russia

By: - March 24, 2022

The new economic restrictions on Russia and billions more in aid for Ukrainians were detailed as President Joe Biden huddled with North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Group of Seven leaders at a summit in Brussels. 

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Ketanji Brown Jackson vows to decide U.S. Supreme Court cases from a ‘neutral posture’

By: - March 21, 2022

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson began her four-day confirmation process to become the nation’s first Black female associate justice on Monday, listening to hours of opening statements from Senate Judiciary Committee members before giving her own. 

Proposal would ban Russian imports to Louisiana

U.S. House moves to revoke Russia, Belarus trade status; 8 Republicans vote no

By: - March 17, 2022

The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to revoke normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus, another step the federal government hopes will end the Russian war in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy reminds Congress of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in pleading for U.S. help for Ukraine

By: and - March 16, 2022

During the speech, delivered virtually to members of Congress in an auditorium on Capitol Hill, Zelenskyy drew a comparison between attacks on the United States and on his democracy and called on the U.S. to institute a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

Shalanda Young

U.S. Senate confirms Louisiana’s Shalanda Young to head up White House budget agency

By: - March 15, 2022

Young, former staff director for the House Appropriations Committee, will become the first Black woman to head up the Cabinet-level agency that releases the president’s budget request, oversees federal agencies’ performance and reviews significant federal regulations.

COVID-19 vaccine being administered

With COVID funding stuck in Congress, White House raises alarms about shortfall

By: - March 15, 2022

Senior administration officials told reporters Tuesday that without the $22.5 billion the White House requested last month, there will be a drop-off in the federal government’s ability to purchase tests, treatments and vaccines.