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.

Congress clears one-week bill to fund the government, but many hurdles remain

By: - December 16, 2022

The short-term bill is the second time Congress has leaned on what’s known as a continuing resolution this fiscal year to keep the lights on as lawmakers try to reach agreement on full-year appropriations bills.

U.S. House and Senate GOP at odds over massive government spending deal

By: - December 14, 2022

Senate Republicans are working with Democrats on a major spending package, but House GOP leaders want to wait until they take control in January.

Biden signs law extending marriage protections to same-sex and interracial couples

By: - December 14, 2022

The law ensures that if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn cases that legalized same-sex and interracial marriages, the federal government and states would continue recognizing those unions. 

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona leaves Democratic Party, registers as independent

By: and - December 9, 2022

The first-term senator said she does not intend to change the way she legislates or casts votes, but plans to be “an independent voice for Arizona.”

Marriage equality bill heads to Biden’s desk following bipartisan U.S. House vote

By: - December 8, 2022

Democrats say the bill is essential to ensure same-sex and interracial marriages will be recognized federally if courts rule against them.

Congress on track to scrap Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in defense bill

By: - December 7, 2022

Erasing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate is seen as a significant victory for Republicans, especially amid unified Democratic control of Washington

Same-sex marriage protected under bill passed by U.S. Senate with GOP support

By: - November 29, 2022

The legislation would repeal the 1996 law known as the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

More than $37 billion in disaster aid under scrutiny in congressional lame duck

By: - November 29, 2022

President Biden has requested more than $37 billion for disaster relief on top of a $9 billion COVID-19 funding request and an additional $38 billion in aid to Ukraine.

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.