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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.

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

State bans on abortion don’t apply to emergency health care, White House reminds providers

By: - July 11, 2022

Health care providers are protected if they provide emergency abortion services to save a patient's life or health, the Biden administration says.

Medicare prescription drug negotiation plan advanced by U.S. Senate Democrats

By: - July 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats have reached a tentative agreement to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs in the Medicare program, the first step in passing a long-stalled package that’s expected to include tax and climate change provisions as well. The deal, brokered between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin […]

U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

By: - June 24, 2022

The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, the court's majority wrote in an opinion that will lead to new abortion restrictions and bans in multiple states.