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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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Federal OK sought for two-dose COVID vaccine for kids under 5

By: - February 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – Pfizer and BioNTech on Tuesday asked the federal government to begin the approval process for a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5. The companies said in a joint statement they began the rolling submission process for an emergency use authorization at the request of the Food and Drug Administration “in response to […]

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Governors attempt to bridge deep political divides in big D.C. meeting

By: , and - January 31, 2022

WASHINGTON – Governors of both parties from throughout the United States met here over the weekend to try to speak on a unified front about what their states need from the federal government. But the waters were muddied by governors’ clearly divided political views about two major issues of the moment – voting laws and […]

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Biden vows to nominate first Black woman to Supreme Court by end of February

By: - January 27, 2022

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer formally announced his retirement Thursday, giving President Joe Biden his first, and possibly only, opportunity to make a nomination for the lifetime appointment.  At the White House, Biden said he will make his decision by the end of February and recommitted to nominating the court’s first Black female […]

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Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

By: , and - January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday.  The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, […]

Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule

By: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will withdraw an emergency mandate that would have required employees at large businesses to get the COVID-19 vaccine or test regularly for the virus. The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier […]