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.

Marjorie Taylor Greene leads GOP drive to criminalize gender-affirming care for transgender youth

By: - September 20, 2022

The legislation would make it a felony to perform more than a dozen gender-affirming medical procedures on someone under the age of 18.

U.S. Senate delays same-sex marriage vote until after midterm elections

By: - September 15, 2022

A drive to get at least 10 GOP senators to support the bill appears to have fallen short, leading to a delay until after the November midterm elections

U.S. Senate Republicans pan Democrats on crime, say they’ll introduce their own bill

By: - September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A small group of U.S. Senate Republicans sought to draw attention to U.S. crime rates Wednesday, saying they plan to introduce a bill that would direct more resources to state and local police departments as well as require the Government Accountability Office to study the amount of time it takes crime labs to […]

U.S. senators criticize federal health officials for lagging monkeypox response

By: - September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress held its first hearing on monkeypox Wednesday, with lawmakers rebuking federal public health officials for their slow response to the outbreak, even though the hearing came four months after the first U.S. case was diagnosed. “By any measure, in fact by every measure, the response from the Biden administration on the monkeypox […]

U.S. Senate Republicans shy away from proposed 15-week national abortion ban

By: - September 14, 2022

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he thinks most Senate Republicans would prefer abortion restrictions be enacted at the state level.

Biden pitches ‘moonshot’ to cut the number of cancer deaths in half

By: - September 13, 2022

President Joe Biden doubled down Monday on his quest to halve the number of cancer deaths.

Bill codifying same-sex marriage nears critical vote in U.S. Senate

By: - September 8, 2022

LGBT advocates nationwide fear the U.S. Supreme Court could reverse its 2015 opinion that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

COVID-19 vaccine may become annual, like flu shot

By: - September 6, 2022

The move could provide clarity and possibly simplicity for people who have been trying to keep track of if and when they should get a COVID-19 booster

Court releases partially redacted affidavit for Mar-a-Lago search

By: - August 26, 2022

The partially redacted affidavit says federal agents believed there was probable cause more documents containing classified information remain at Mar-a-Lago.

Anthony Fauci, leader on federal COVID response, to step down in December

By: - August 22, 2022

Anthony Fauci, who runs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, became a household name during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What monkeypox outbreak? Little planning by colleges as students resume classes

By: - August 20, 2022

The attempt by colleges and universities to return to something resembling normal could be truncated by monkeypox

Biden administration asks state, local officials to boost monkeypox vaccine outreach

By: - August 18, 2022

The federal government is launching a program to provide monkeypox vaccine doses to areas hosting events expected to draw many LGBTQ people