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. 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.

U.S. attorney general names special counsel for classified docs found in Biden’s garage

By: and - January 12, 2023

The discovery of classified documents in President Biden’s private residence drew comparisons to the classified documents found inside Donald Trump’s Florida home.

U.S. House Republicans push through two anti-abortion measures in first work week

By: - January 12, 2023

Republicans, who secured a four-seat House majority during the November midterm elections, said the measures are central to the party’s ideals

U.S. House GOP plan calls for federal spending cuts, conditions on debt limit increase

By: - January 10, 2023

A deal between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and conservative lawmakers could have significant ramifications for federal departments and agencies as well as the global economy

U.S. House GOP backs rules plan without disclosing deals made with hard-right members

By: and - January 10, 2023

Several of the concessions Speaker Kevin McCarthy made with more conservative members of the Republican Party to secure his post were not made public.

U.S. House GOP backs McCarthy as speaker after tense and chaotic late-night session

By: and - January 6, 2023

After 15 rounds of voting, Rep. Kevin McCarthy was chosen to be the new speaker of the House early Saturday morning.

U.S. House stuck for a third day as Republicans struggle to unite around a speaker

By: and - January 5, 2023

The House held five more votes Thursday without resolving a dispute between Republicans over who should lead their party.

U.S. House paralyzed following second day of GOP failure to elect a speaker

By: and - January 4, 2023

U.S. House Republicans' stalemate over who should lead the chamber for the next two years dragged on Wednesday

Conservatives in U.S. House tank McCarthy bid to be speaker on multiple ballots

By: and - January 3, 2023

Tuesday marked the first time in a century the speaker’s election went to multiple ballots.

U.S. House approves $1.7 trillion funding package and sends it to Biden

By: - December 23, 2022

The spending package carries along with it dozens of new initiatives, including an update to how Congress certifies electoral votes for president and new protections for pregnant workers. 

Huge $1.7 trillion spending package passes in U.S. Senate, backed by both parties

By: - December 22, 2022

The bill, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, now goes to the U.S. House, which could act yet Thursday.

Congress rolls out $1.7 trillion spending deal in race to Friday deadline

By: - December 20, 2022

The spending package includes the dozen annual appropriations bills that fund everything from the Pentagon to national parks to the Agriculture Department