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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.

U.S. to lend and lease military supplies to Ukraine under bill cleared by Congress

By: - April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to use the framework of a World War II-era program to allow the federal government to lend and lease military equipment to Ukraine as it resists Russia’s invasion, but two Arizona Republicans voted against helping the American ally. The legislation, called the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act, […]

Biden asks Congress for $33 billion for Ukraine aid, pleads again for COVID funds

By: - April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday asked Congress to approve $33 billion more in funding to help Ukraine fight off a Russian invasion that has lasted more than two months and claimed thousands of lives.  Biden also asked U.S. lawmakers to make it easier for the federal government to sell off assets seized from […]

Biden to ask Congress for more Ukraine aid after earlier U.S. funding runs dry

By: - April 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is preparing to ask Congress for billions more in aid to Ukraine as the war shifts to the Eastern regions of the country, following Russia’s failure to take the capital city of Kyiv. “I’m asking the Defense Department to put together what they think we need,” Biden said last week.  […]

U.S. House panels probe election disinformation in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas

By: - April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The chairs of two U.S. House committees said Thursday they are asking election officials from four states to detail what they are doing to “counter lies and conspiracy theories and protect the integrity of federal elections.”   California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, chair of the House Administration Committee, and New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn […]

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States rush to revise their abortion laws as a major U.S. Supreme Court decision nears

By: - April 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Abortion access throughout the country could soon depend on a patchwork of state laws if a U.S. Supreme Court dominated by  conservatives overturns the constitutional right it established nearly 50 years ago.  The court’s decision on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban is expected sometime within the next two months. But state legislatures have been […]

New federal COVID aid delayed after U.S. Senate Republicans insist on immigration debate

By: - April 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have departed their offices and hearing rooms on Capitol Hill for a two-week spring recess without passing additional funding to combat the coronavirus, amid a stalemate over immigration policy. Despite reaching a bipartisan agreement Monday for $10 billion for testing, treatments and vaccines, much of it needed in states, the […]

U.S. Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson, ‘America at its best,’ to Supreme Court

By: - April 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson will make history by becoming the first Black woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, after Democratic and Republican senators voted Thursday to confirm her to the lifetime appointment. The 53-47 vote comes just six weeks after President Joe Biden announced his  nomination of Jackson from the White House, […]

Biden administration details new research plan on ‘long COVID’ illness

By: - April 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced plans Tuesday to create a national research action plan that could provide answers to public health officials trying to diagnose and treat so-called long COVID-19.   The illness that lasts for months and possibly even years has so far confounded doctors trying to figure out exactly why some people are […]

Biden pleads with Congress for more COVID aid, gets his own second booster

By: - March 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced a new COVID-19 government website Wednesday while urging Congress to approve billions in funding to keep the pandemic at bay.  Speaking from the White House, Biden said that without a bipartisan agreement on new funding, the federal government will need to roll back or end programs meant to curb […]

Second COVID booster authorized by FDA for those 50 and older

By: - March 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized another round of COVID-19 booster shots for people 50 and older, as well as those who are immunocompromised.  The decision to amend an earlier emergency use authorization for a second booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is meant to increase protection against […]

Biden budget plan would levy minimum tax on billionaires, boost national security

By: - March 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden sent a new $5.8 trillion budget request to Congress on Monday that calls on lawmakers to institute a minimum tax on billionaires and boost spending on national security.  The proposal, which lawmakers will undoubtedly change, asks Congress to provide $795 billion in defense funding, a roughly 4% increase, and $915 […]

U.S. to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, levy more sanctions on Russia

By: - March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House announced a wave of new sanctions against Russia on Thursday while pledging to send more humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and welcome up to 100,000 refugees. The new economic restrictions on Russia and billions more in aid for Ukrainians were detailed as President Joe Biden huddled with North Atlantic Treaty Organization […]