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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.

U.S. Senate advances $95.3 billion bill that includes emergency funding for Ukraine, Israel 

By: - February 8, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate moved past a procedural hurdle Thursday to begin work on a $95 billion emergency spending bill that would provide military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The strong 67-32 vote, which could predict eventual approval, came after a tense week on Capitol Hill that began Sunday evening when […]

Bleak future for immigration action after U.S. Senate GOP abandons border security deal

By: and - February 6, 2024

The decision to block the bill released just two days ago not only leaves laws in place that GOP lawmakers say have led to a “crisis” at the southern border, but drags on the stalemate over whether Congress will approve assistance for Ukraine and Israel, which was rolled into the package. 

U.S. retaliates for killings of troops by launching military strikes at Iraq and Syria

By: - February 2, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military on Friday took a first round of retaliatory action following the deaths of three American troops by striking facilities in Iraq and Syria, according to a statement from President Joe Biden. “The United States does not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world,” Biden said. […]

The U.S. Supreme Court released a new ethics code on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023 but Sen. Dick Durbin, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the new rules “fall short of what we could and should expect when a Supreme Court issues a code of conduct.” (Al Drago/Getty Images)

Dozens of ‘friend of the court’ briefs backing abortion pill access arrive at Supreme Court

By: - February 2, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has been inundated with dozens of organizations seeking to weigh in on the future of the abortion pill by filing “friend of the court” briefs. The groups include governors, attorneys general, state lawmakers and members of Congress as well as medical organizations, civil rights groups and pharmaceutical companies — […]

Child tax credit expanded, business tax breaks get new life in bill passed by U.S. House 

By: - January 31, 2024

The 357-70 vote sends the bill, dubbed the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, to the U.S. Senate, where lawmakers are expected to vote on it at some point, though passage isn’t guaranteed. 

Missouri Rep. Cori Bush denies using tax dollars for personal security as DOJ investigates

By: - January 30, 2024

Bush said the allegations made against her are “frivolous” and intended to distract her from her work in Congress. 

U.S. Supreme Court schedules March 26 oral arguments in abortion pill access case 

By: - January 29, 2024

The case centers on when and how patients can access mifepristone, a pharmaceutical the U.S. Food and Drug Administration originally approved in 2000.

On to November: Trump win in New Hampshire sets up 2024 rematch with Biden

By: , and - January 25, 2024

The former president’s victory set up a general election rematch with President Joe Biden, who nearly tripled his closest Democratic rival’s vote total in New Hampshire despite not even being on the ballot. 

Biden, Harris vow to restore protections for abortion rights as 2024 campaign launches

By: - January 23, 2024

“With your voice, with your power, with your vote, we can restore the protections that have been around for over 50 years under Roe v. Wade,” Biden said

Florida’s DeSantis withdraws from Republican presidential race, endorses Trump

By: - January 21, 2024

DeSantis, who came in second following the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses on Jan. 15, released a nearly five-minute video on social media announcing that he had suspended his campaign and was endorsing the front-runner, former President Donald Trump. 

U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson rallies with anti-abortion advocates at March for Life 

By: - January 19, 2024

The House, under Republican control for more than a year, hasn’t yet passed any legislation that could lead to a nationwide ban on abortion access, though several GOP lawmakers have introduced such bills. 

An illustration of the COVID-19 virus. (Image by Fotograzia/Getty Images)

Patients struck by long COVID plead with U.S. Senate panel for more research funding

By: - January 19, 2024

U.S. senators pledged Thursday to press for more funding to research long COVID-19.