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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.

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U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

By: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON – Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. […]

Biden administration looks for ways to alleviate infant formula shortage

By: - May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration sought to assuage parents’ concerns over an ongoing infant formula shortage Thursday, though officials couldn’t offer a timeline for when store shelves would be fully stocked again. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is working to “cut red tape,” increase imports of formula, and broaden what types […]

Susan Collins

U.S. Senate Democrats fail to enshrine nationwide abortion protections, vow more action 

By: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – Efforts to secure the nationwide right to an abortion stalled for a second time Wednesday when U.S. Senate Democrats failed to get enough votes to overcome the legislative filibuster.  Republicans, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, voted uniformly against limiting debate on the bill while Democrats, save West Virginia’s […]

U.S. House passes $40 billion Ukraine aid package with broad bipartisan support

By: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to provide an additional $40 billion in economic, humanitarian, and military assistance to Ukraine as its troops continue fighting back against Russia’s invasion. The legislation, released just hours before, now goes to the U.S. Senate, where leaders hope to quickly send the bill to President Joe Biden’s […]

Mitch McConnell

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

By: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

U.S. Senate to try again on abortion rights after bombshell disclosure of draft opinion

By: - May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pledged a new vote codifying the right to an abortion after publication of a draft court ruling that showed the Supreme Court on track to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Democrats, who likely won’t have the votes to advance that bill, also predicted that abortion […]

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

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 Russian troops. The legislation, called the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act, would remove red tape and require the White House to […]

Nine rare cancers tied to burn pit exposure added to VA benefits list

By: - April 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is adding nine rare respiratory cancers linked to burn pit exposure to the list of illnesses eligible for disability and health benefits.  President Joe Biden, who has said his son Beau Biden’s exposure to toxic fumes from the pits could have led to his death, announced the […]

Nancy Pelosi walks toward a lectern with U.S. flags in the background

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

By: - April 22, 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 this week.  […]

Migrants at the border at dusk

U.S. immigration, border agencies face funding shortfall after public health order ends

By: - April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security expects to be short on cash for border and immigration operations later this year after the federal government ends a Trump-era policy that prevents migrants from claiming asylum during a health crisis.  A halt to the program, known as Title 42, has divided Democrats, some of whom […]

Demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court

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 […]

Capitol

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 […]