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.

Debt limit deal hits turbulence in Congress as leaders prep for vote

By: and - May 30, 2023

Conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats both aired their disappointment with the agreement forged over the weekend.

Biden, McCarthy broker debt limit deal to avert U.S. default

By: and - May 27, 2023

The agreement would address the nation’s debt limit and include a “historic” reduction in spending, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said.

Treasury secretary pinpoints June 5 as earliest date for U.S. debt default

By: - May 27, 2023

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said if Congress fails to increase the debt limit, it would cause severe hardship to American families.

With debt default as soon as a week away, U.S. House jets off for holiday break

By: - May 25, 2023

Top House Republicans negotiating with the White House did not immediately leave to fly home or head abroad on official trips ahead of the week-long break.

After years of bipartisan spending boosts, U.S. House GOP won’t lift debt ceiling without cuts

By: - May 25, 2023

The flip in approach has left negotiators struggling to reach the bipartisan agreement needed to avoid a default on the U.S. debt as soon as June 1 that economists say would be catastrophic.

Biden and McCarthy strike positive tone after debt limit talks, but no deal yet

By: and - May 24, 2023

Neither man divulged details about what remains unresolved nor how soon they hope to reach an agreement.

Biden and McCarthy strike positive tone after debt limit talks, but no deal yet

By: and - May 22, 2023

The stalemate could soon disrupt Americans’ everyday lives as well as the global economy.

Biden says he’s offered $1 trillion in spending cuts but GOP won’t budge on debt limit

By: - May 21, 2023

President Biden said his administration wants House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to consider changes to the tax code in addition to spending cuts. 

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

By: , , and - May 19, 2023

A default would potentially reduce payments that keep millions of households afloat, as well as payments to states and providers for health care for elderly and low-income Americans. 

Three-judge panel in U.S. appeals court hears arguments in abortion pill case

By: and - May 17, 2023

The three-judge panel’s ruling, which could come anytime after oral arguments, will likely be put on hold as the case moves up to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Some movement reported in debt limit talks as Biden cuts short overseas trip

By: and - May 16, 2023

The United States reached its debt limit in January, though serious negotiations on the country’s borrowing limit didn’t begin until earlier this month. 

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

By: - May 16, 2023

A three-judge panel will decide whether to keep, overturn, or alter a lower-court ruling by a Texas judge who sought to end FDA approval of an abortion pill.