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. risks debt default in early June, congressional budget office agrees

By: - May 15, 2023

Congressional Budget Office projections say that without changes to current law, the annual deficit will nearly double during the next 10 years to $2.7 trillion in 2033.

As the COVID public health emergency ends, prepping for a new pandemic is next

By: - May 11, 2023

Federal officials can now look back at what they’ve learned throughout the pandemic while preparing for a future where something similar could take place, one expert said.

Biden and congressional leaders fail to reach a debt limit deal, but will meet again Friday

By: and - May 9, 2023

President Biden said he would like to see negotiations on the debt limit and on future spending to remain on separate paths.

Bipartisan group projects U.S. default as soon as early June, citing ‘quite low’ cash flows

By: - May 9, 2023

The Bipartisan Policy Center adds pressure to President Joe Biden and the four congressional leaders for a deal ahead of a meeting Tuesday.

U.S. Supreme Court preserves access to abortion pill as lawsuit continues

By: and - April 21, 2023

The court issued a stay that ensures access to mifepristone nationwide, reversing lower court rulings about when and how mifepristone should be available.

U.S. House GOP unveils plan on debt ceiling, spending cuts; Biden slams ‘wacko notions’

By: - April 19, 2023

The bill carries along with it numerous GOP initiatives that are unlikely to get the bipartisan support necessary to clear the divided Congress.

U.S. Supreme Court holds off on abortion pill ruling until midnight Friday

By: - April 19, 2023

The new decision keeps a ruling from U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk on hold.

Anti-abortion groups urge U.S. Supreme Court to keep limits on abortion pill

By: - April 18, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide Wednesday the fate of the abortion pill, on which federal judges have issued recent dueling decisions.

U.S. House speaker vows vote soon on spending cuts coupled with debt limit increase

By: - April 17, 2023

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said Republicans would never agree to a stand-alone debt limit bill, or one that increases taxes.

U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocks limits to abortion pill access

By: - April 14, 2023

The order blocks for now the April 7 ruling from a federal judge in Texas that suspended the FDA's approval of mifepristone. 

U.S. Justice Department to ask Supreme Court to reject limits on access to abortion pill

By: and - April 13, 2023

During the appeal, mifepristone is approved for use in pregnancies up to seven weeks, not 10 weeks, and it can’t be dispensed through the mail.

Texas judge’s abortion pill ruling supported by 69 Republicans in Congress

By: - April 13, 2023

Rep. Chris Smith is among the Republicans who say the FDA has not followed Congress’ statutorily prescribed drug approval process.