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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.

A default on the U.S. debt would be far worse than a government shutdown. Here’s how

By: , , and - May 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — A U.S. default on its debt would have a significantly broader impact on federal operations, financial markets and the global economy than recent government shutdowns that have left ordinary Americans largely untouched. While the two have been confused frequently during debate over the debt limit, the federal government has had considerable practice with […]

Pa.’s Rep. Scanlon: ‘No place’ for threats, violence no matter where you stand on abortion access

By: - May 19, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republicans at a U.S. House hearing aired frustration with the Department of Justice this week for what they contended is a lack of enforcement of a Clinton-era law that protects access to reproductive health care at anti-abortion pregnancy centers and abortion clinics. GOP lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee expressed anger the Federal […]

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, of Texas, sided with the conservative Christian legal advocacy group, Alliance Defending Freedom, and issued an injunction on the Federal Drug Administration's 2000 approval of mifepristone(Phil Walter/Getty Images).

Arguments on landmark abortion pill case to be heard Wednesday in appeals court

By: - May 16, 2023

It's the the next step on a path that will likely end at the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the COVID public health emergency ends, prepping for a new pandemic is next

By: - May 11, 2023

Uninsured people will continue to have access to the vaccine after the country transitions out of the emergency through a bridge program.

President Joe Biden pitches his budget plan during an appearance in Philadelphia on Thursday, 3/9/23 (Screen Capture).

Bipartisan group projects U.S. default as soon as early June, citing ‘quite low’ cash flows

By: - May 9, 2023

'I still don't think now is the time for panic. But it's certainly time to start getting concerned,' an analyst said.

Pa. Gov. Shapiro: U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion pill is a ‘relief,’ but a ‘long road ahead’

By: , and - April 21, 2023

'As long as I serve the people of Pennsylvania, I will always protect your freedom to choose,' Shapiro said.

U.S. House GOP unveils plan on debt ceiling, spending cuts; Biden slams ‘wacko notions’

By: - April 19, 2023

The bill includes Republican initiatives that are unlikely to get the bipartisan support necessary to clear the divided Congress.

U.S. Supreme Court holds off on abortion pill ruling until midnight Friday

By: - April 19, 2023

This is the second short-term stay from Alito. The first, issued on Friday, April 14, was set to expire Wednesday at midnight. 

GOP spending cuts tied to debt limit would be ‘devastating,’ Pa. Rep. Boyle warns

By: - April 18, 2023

Republicans are shopping 'the same bad ideas and devastating cuts,' that Americans 'have been rejecting for decades,' Boyle said.

Texas judge’s abortion pill ruling supported by 69 Republicans in Congress

By: - April 12, 2023

U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-16th District, is among the GOP signatories.

The new regulation is part of the Murphy administration's push to expand access to abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court's Dodd decision. (Dana DiFilippo | New Jersey Monitor).

Biden administration proposes to strengthen patient privacy for those seeking abortions

By: - April 12, 2023

The announcement comes amid two major ongoing federal court cases dealing with access to the abortion pill.

Abortion drug pills and drinking water

Democratic attorneys general, including Pa., urge appeals court to keep abortion pill available

By: and - April 11, 2023

'The availability of mifepristone has been particularly critical in providing access to abortion in low-income, underserved, and rural communities where a nonmedication abortion procedure (or ‘procedural abortion’) may be unavailable,' they wrote.