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.

Ohio’s Jim Jordan fails in bid for U.S. House speaker, leaving chamber paralyzed again

By: , and - October 17, 2023

Rep. Jim Jordan was unable to clinch the votes needed to hold the speaker gavel amid concerns about his agenda.

Jim Jordan gains support as vote nears for U.S. House speaker, but outcome still in doubt

By: , and - October 17, 2023

Rep. Jim Jordan will need the backing of nearly all the chamber’s 221 GOP lawmakers in order to become House speaker.

Scalise drops out of race for U.S. House speaker

By: and - October 13, 2023

More than a dozen Republican lawmakers said they wouldn’t vote to elect Scalise speaker on the floor.

Scalise nominated by U.S. House GOP as speaker in closed-door meeting

By: , and - October 11, 2023

The next step for Scalise, who currently is the majority leader, will be garnering the support of nearly all his GOP colleagues to win a floor vote.

Race for U.S. House speaker moves toward a vote as Scalise, Jordan make their pitches

By: and - October 11, 2023

House GOP lawmakers are expected to convene Wednesday morning to begin privately voting for their nominee.

McCarthy may jump into U.S. House speaker race, as crises overseas mount

By: , , and - October 9, 2023

House Republicans are set to meet both Monday night and Tuesday in private to discuss where the party should go in the months ahead and who should lead them

A murky outlook for Ukraine aid with U.S. House leadership in turmoil

By: - October 5, 2023

In the U.S. Senate, both Republicans and Democrats say they’re looking for a path to keep Ukraine in Ukrainian hands and resist the Russian military onslaught.

How does a ‘frozen’ U.S. House function without a speaker? Everyone’s got an opinion.

By: and - October 4, 2023

The ouster of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy created a leadership vacuum in the chamber and left multiple questions about how legislative business would proceed.

U.S. House speaker, votes on spending bills canceled

By: - October 3, 2023

Rep. Kevin McCarthy said he “wouldn’t change a thing” about how he ran the House during the nine months he was speaker.

U.S. House votes to remove Kevin McCarthy as speaker

By: , and - October 3, 2023

The 216-210 vote capped off months of growing dissent among a small group of House Republicans. 

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz files motion to oust McCarthy as U.S. House speaker

By: - October 2, 2023

Rep. Matt Gaetz rebuked House Speaker Kevin McCarthy for reportedly agreeing to hold a floor vote on additional military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.

Next battle in Congress over Ukraine aid, as Biden presses House speaker for vote

By: - October 2, 2023

House Speaker McCarthy indicated that any legislation to provide additional relief for Ukraine would likely need to be tied to border security funding as well as policy changes.