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.

U.S. Senate in bipartisan vote repeals decades-old Iraq war authorizations

By: - March 29, 2023

The Authorizations for Use of Military Force in the Gulf and Iraq have stayed on the books years after the two wars ended.

Infant formula crisis could recur, former FDA official tells Congress

By: - March 28, 2023

Formula makers still don't have to notify the FDA if they detect certain types of bacteria at their facilities, experts told House members.

Bipartisan former members of Congress call for boost in funding to secure elections

By: - March 25, 2023

In the last two years, Congress has appropriated a fraction of the funds needed to secure our elections in this "dynamic threat environment," the group said.

Democratic report on U.S. debt default predicts disrupted benefits for seniors, veterans

By: - March 23, 2023

The report says a debt default would increase costs on necessities, boost the jobless rate, and disrupt payments on hundreds of federal programs.

Moderna plan to hike COVID vaccine price to $130 a dose rebuked at U.S. Senate hearing

By: - March 22, 2023

The Moderna CEO argued that an expected drop in demand, changes to its distribution process and the overall benefit of the vaccine warrant the higher cost.

Biden administration details potential cuts in education, food aid and more under GOP plan

By: - March 20, 2023

Biden administration officials say GOP plans to cut at least $130 billion in domestic spending during the upcoming fiscal year could impact people’s everyday lives.

Congress unanimously votes to require declassified information on COVID-19 origins

By: - March 10, 2023

The bill would require the national intelligence director to declassify info related to links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the spread of COVID-19.

Biden budget asks for 25% tax on billionaires, boosts in domestic and defense spending

By: - March 10, 2023

President Biden’s comments came just hours after he released his budget request for the fiscal year that’s slated to start on Oct. 1. 

Lawmakers hear theories on COVID-19 origins in U.S. House hearing

By: - March 8, 2023

Members from both political parties said determining the origins of COVID-19 could help prepare the United States and other countries to fare better during the next pandemic, or even prevent it. 

Economist warns that ‘heightened dysfunction’ in Congress raises risk of debt default

By: - March 7, 2023

Steps the Treasury Department has taken to continue paying all of the nation’s bills in full and on time are expected to expire between late June and September.

How the judge who could ban the abortion pill won confirmation in the U.S. Senate

By: - March 2, 2023

Judge Matthew Joseph Kacsmaryk is overseeing a case that could overturn or limit access to abortion medication.

Bipartisan group predicts U.S. debt default as soon as summer, depending on tax receipts

By: - February 22, 2023

President Biden remains adamant that negotiations on if and how to reduce federal spending need to happen on a separate track from debt limit talks.