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.

New U.S. House weaponization panel to probe FBI, IRS, ATF

By: - February 10, 2023

Rep. Jim Jordan said he expects the panel will hear from “Americans who have been targeted by the government” and from FBI agents who have come forward as whistleblowers.

U.S. House speaker calls for ‘responsible’ debt limit legislation, shares few details

By: - February 6, 2023

The California Republican said the summer debt limit deadline is a chance for Congress to "change course" on spending.

U.S. House agrees on something: Lawmakers condemn ‘the horrors of socialism’

By: - February 3, 2023

Democrats rebuked majority Republicans for spending time on a “political stunt."

U.S. House GOP votes to oust Rep. Omar from foreign affairs panel for past antisemitic remarks

By: - February 2, 2023

The removal, the first for a Democrat during this session of Congress, followed Democrats’ vote to strip two Republicans of all their committee assignments last Congress for making threats against fellow lawmakers. 

Biden, McCarthy hold ‘productive’ and ‘frank’ debt limit talks as fiscal cliffs loom

By: - February 2, 2023

President Biden has said he won’t negotiate with the GOP on the debt ceiling and that talks about government spending need to move separately

Of more than 7,500 threats against members of Congress in 2022, just 22 prosecuted

By: - January 31, 2023

In 2022, the U.S. Capitol Police presented 313 cases to U.S. attorney offices after determining that they represented criminal threats against members of Congress. Twenty-two of those cases were prosecuted.

National Dems ready to OK new 2024 primary voting calendar, despite uncertainty in two states

By: - January 27, 2023

Approval of the new calendar at a meeting scheduled for Feb. 4 in Philadelphia won’t be the last step in what’s become a contentious process.

National Dems give New Hampshire, Georgia more time to change 2024 primary dates

By: - January 26, 2023

The DNC panel in December shook up the longstanding caucus and primary calendar and decided voters in South Carolina would go first in picking Democratic presidential nominees.

Federal judge could decide as soon as February to yank abortion pill nationwide

By: - January 23, 2023

A nationwide injunction in the case, as requested by anti-abortion groups, would deny abortion medication even in states where abortion is legal.

U.S. hits debt limit and Treasury Department begins ‘extraordinary measures’

By: - January 19, 2023

The stalemate over the debt limit could have significant impacts on the global economy, financial markets and the nation’s credit rating the longer it goes.

White House defends delay in revealing classified documents at Biden private office, home

By: - January 17, 2023

A White House spokesman sidestepped questions about why Biden wasn’t more forthcoming that documents with classified markings were found at his private office and home.

U.S. to hit debt limit much sooner than expected, thrusting Congress into showdown

By: - January 13, 2023

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress she will use “extraordinary measures” to keep U.S. finances up and running for a few months.