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.

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

By: - November 25, 2022

The VA expects the number of veterans and surviving family members applying could reach more than 700,000 in the coming months

Nancy Pelosi, first woman to serve as speaker of the U.S. House, steps down from leadership

By: - November 17, 2022

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday she’ll step aside from leadership though she’ll remain in Congress.

Bill protecting same-sex marriage gains bipartisan support in U.S. Senate

By: - November 16, 2022

The U.S. Senate cleared a hurdle to passing marriage equality, getting more than the 60 senators from both parties needed to avert a filibuster.

U.S. House GOP picks leadership team for next Congress: McCarthy, Scalise and Emmer

By: - November 15, 2022

U.S. House Republicans elected their leaders for the 118th Congress, even though the party hadn’t secured the seats needed to take the majority in January.

White House asks Congress for billions in Ukraine, COVID-19 funding during lame duck

By: - November 15, 2022

The Biden administration asked Congress for billions more in funding this year to address COVID-19 and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Congress heads back to D.C. for a hectic lame-duck session

By: - November 12, 2022

On the agenda are same-sex marriage legislation, a huge defense bill, changes in how presidential electoral votes are counted and more

Record-setting number of women elected as governors in midterms

By: - November 10, 2022

Voters in 12 states elected women as governor, breaking the prior record of nine set for the first time back in 2004

Which party controls Congress? It could be days or weeks before we know

By: and - November 10, 2022

Democrats still have a small chance at keeping their House majority after far outpacing Republicans in toss-up races and competing in some districts thought to be out of reach

No GOP ‘wave,’ but Republicans could still gain control of U.S. House

By: , and - November 9, 2022

Republicans fell short of their greatest ambitions for major gains in the U.S. House, with control of the chamber still in doubt early Wednesday. 

U.S. Senate control too close to call as multiple states grapple with tight vote counts

By: , and - November 9, 2022

It might be days — or even weeks — before we know what party will control the Senate starting next year.

Midterm voting mostly problem-free in battleground states, voting advocates report

By: - November 8, 2022

In counties that did experience problems, which were typical of any Election Day, the incidents were largely attributed to faulty technology and human error. 

More than 42 million Americans already have voted in the midterms

By: - November 8, 2022

Since 2002, the number of people voting via mail ballots or early in person has steadily risen each midterm election year.