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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.

From left, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin III, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and Florida Rep. Kathy Castor join President Joe Biden as he signs legislation dealing with climate, health care and taxes. (States Newsroom screen capture)

Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

By: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

In a crowd of people holding up their signs, one stands out. It reads, "I stand with her!" (Margaret Mellott/Kansas Reflector)

Twenty states, D.C. join in opposing Texas lawsuit on emergency abortion care

By: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a brief in federal court on Tuesday, challenging Texas’ assertion that states shouldn’t have to comply with a federal law that protects doctors who end a pregnancy to save the patient’s life. The brief argues the judge in the case shouldn’t grant […]

House Democrats applaud after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) signed the Inflation Reduction Act on Aug. 12, 2022, during a bill enrollment ceremony after the House passed the legislation at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The $737 billion legislation will focus on slowing climate change, lower health care costs and creating clean energy jobs by enacting a 15% corporate minimum tax, a 1% fee on stock buybacks and enhancing IRS enforcement. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

By: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared Democrats’ long-sought climate, health care and tax package, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature.  The roughly $750 billion measure is much smaller than the $2 trillion reconciliation package the House originally sent to the Senate in November. The final product left out dozens of […]

Secret Service and Palm Beach police are seen in front of the home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago on Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

Search warrant shows Trump under investigation for possible Espionage Act violations

By: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday unsealed the warrant that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to search former President Donald Trump’s property at Mar-a-Lago in Florida earlier this week, revealing he’s under investigation for possibly violating the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice. The seven-page document, which includes a brief description of everything […]

Former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort is seen on Nov. 1, 2019, in Palm Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

U.S. attorney general says DOJ asked for public release of search warrant for Trump estate

By: - August 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the U.S. Department of Justice moved Thursday to release the search warrant a federal judge issued earlier this week that allowed federal agents to enter former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. DOJ, Garland said, has ​​filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida […]

President Joe Biden hands a pen to Brielle Robinson, daughter of the late Sgt. First Class Heath Robinson, after Biden signed the PACT Act on Aug. 10, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. The bill is the biggest expansion of veterans' benefits since the Agent Orange Act of 1991 and will expand health care benefits to millions of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their military service. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

By: - August 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed legislation into law Wednesday that will provide health care and benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving a long-term, personal goal. “I was in and out of Iraq over 20 times,” Biden said of prior trips to the war zone he took as both […]

Health workers sit at a table at a pop-up monkeypox vaccination clinic on Aug. 3, 2022, at the West Hollywood, California, Library. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered

By: - August 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration began encouraging health care providers Tuesday to change the way they’re administering vaccines to protect against monkeypox, in an attempt to stretch out doses fivefold. The latest shift in strategy comes as the administration races to curtail the spread of the virus, which jumped from 778 cases one month ago […]

Veterans groups on Capitol Hill holding signs in support of the PACT Act

U.S. Senate in turnaround backs aid for veterans exposed to burn pits

By: and - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation that would provide health care and benefits to millions of veterans exposed to toxic substances while deployed overseas, after many Republicans switched their votes and decided to once again back the legislation. The shift came after days of protest and vigils outside the U.S. Capitol, […]

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walks to a vote July 28, 2022, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

By: - August 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the measure, […]

Jack Posobiec, a conservative activist, confronts veterans advocate and comedian Jon Stewart outside the U.S. Capitol, where veterans have been camped out all weekend protesting in support of a bill that extends health care and benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances overseas. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Stalled U.S. Senate bill on veterans’ burn pit exposure could be revived this week

By: - August 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate could be on track to advance a bill as soon as Tuesday that would provide veterans exposed to toxic substances overseas with health care and benefits, after a weekend in which outraged veterans camped out on the steps of the Capitol to protest a delay in the legislation.  A Senate […]

President Joe Biden, at the White House on July 28, 2022, discusses details of proposed Democratic legislation addressing health care, climate issues and energy. (Screen shot from White House video)

U.S. Senate Democrats dive into details of surprise 725-page reconciliation bill

By: - July 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden took a preliminary victory lap Thursday to celebrate Democrats striking a surprise deal on a sweeping legislative package that renewed hopes of historic action on the party’s health care, tax and climate goals. But just down Pennsylvania Avenue, Senate Democrats said they needed to read through the bill text to […]

Veterans advocate and comedian Jon Stewart speaks to reporters outside the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2022, about the PACT Act, which would provide veterans exposed to burn pits with health care and benefits. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

‘These people don’t care’: U.S. Senate GOP stalls bill for veterans exposed to burn pits

By: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Veterans and their advocates gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday for what was supposed to be a celebration, one day after a crucial Senate vote on bipartisan legislation that would expand health care and benefits to 3.5 million veterans exposed to burn pits during their deployments. The gathering instead became a forum […]