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. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

By: - August 12, 2022

Democrats repeatedly called the legislation “historic” and said it showed their party putting “people above politics.”

Search warrant shows Trump under investigation for possible Espionage Act violations

By: - August 12, 2022

The search warrant noted that the FBI was authorized to seize all documents illegally possessed in violation of a section of the Espionage Act.

Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

By: - August 10, 2022

Open-air burn pits were used frequently during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to dispose of medical waste, batteries, and jet fuel.

Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered

By: - August 10, 2022

The plan is the Biden administration's attempt to curtail the spread of the virus, which jumped to 9,493 cases diagnosed as of Tuesday.

U.S. Senate in turnaround backs aid for veterans exposed to burn pits

By: and - August 2, 2022

The shift came after days of protest and vigils outside the U.S. Capitol, in heat and rain, by veterans outraged at the delay in passage of the $280 billion measure.

Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

By: - August 1, 2022

The bill is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning a 1973 decision that established abortion as a constitutional right.

Stalled U.S. Senate bill on veterans’ burn pit exposure could be revived this week

By: - August 1, 2022

Outraged veterans camped out on the steps of the Capitol over the weekend to protest a delay in the legislation.

Congress mostly silent as states struggle to contain monkeypox

By: - July 28, 2022

Congress hasn't held a hearing or given any significant attention to the debilitating virus that’s spread to more than 4,600 people.

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

By: - July 26, 2022

Democrats pushed a same-sex marriage bill after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said the court should revisit its gay marriage ruling.

Biden tests positive for COVID-19

By: and - July 21, 2022

President Biden is fully vaccinated against the virus and has twice received booster doses.

U.S. House on bipartisan vote passes bill protecting right to same-sex marriage

By: - July 20, 2022

The vote stemmed from concern that the U.S. Supreme Court could revisit its 2015 ruling that approved same-sex marriages nationwide.

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

By: - July 13, 2022

Senators sharply disagreed Wednesday over how Congress should respond to confusion among doctors about compliance with state abortion bans