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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.

Rachel Beale, a long COVID patient who lives in Southampton County, Virginia, told a U.S. Senate panel about ongoing symptoms that include extreme fatigue and chronic pain.

Patients struck by long COVID plead with U.S. Senate panel for more research funding

By: - January 18, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators pledged Thursday to press for more funding to research long COVID-19 during a hearing that highlighted patients suffering from the diagnosis as well as experts studying its impacts. “Long COVID stripped away my daughter’s life as she knew it,” said Nicole Heim, the mom of a long COVID patient in Winchester, […]

With partial government shutdown a week away, Johnson says he’ll stick to spending deal

By: - January 12, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson committed Friday to following the topline spending agreement he struck with Democrats less than a week ago, following a day of speculation that he was preparing to walk away from the deal. “Our top line agreement remains,” Johnson said in a statement to reporters just off the House […]

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, walks back to his office following a vote in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 11, 2024 in Washington, DC.

New turmoil over possible shutdown in D.C. amid warnings of a WIC food program shortfall

By: and - January 11, 2024

WASHINGTON — Meetings on Thursday between U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson and conservative lawmakers led to speculation he was about to walk away from the bipartisan spending agreement he signed off on just this past weekend — a decision that would greatly increase the chances of a partial government shutdown next week. Also Thursday, Biden […]

Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale speaks during a press conference inside the U.S. Capitol on immigration and border policy on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024.

Another stopgap spending bill in the works as Congress struggles to avert shutdown

By: - January 10, 2024

WASHINGTON — Congress on Wednesday appeared to be on track to pass a third deadline extension for at least some of the government funding bills that were supposed to become law more than three months ago — putting off a potential government shutdown. The move, while not final, would give the Republican House, Democratic Senate […]

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Fight for congressional majorities launches against backdrop of presidential campaigns

By: and - January 4, 2024

UPDATED on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2023 at 1:35 p.m. with the latest Cook Political Report rating. WASHINGTON — The 2024 battle for control of Congress is underway in the states, accompanying the accelerating race for the presidency. Republicans are preparing to funnel money and staff into a select few Senate races in an effort to […]

Congress was full of postponements in 2023. Now 2024 could be even less productive.

By: - January 3, 2024

WASHINGTON — Congress got next to nothing done during the past year and could accomplish even less in 2024 as attention shifts to the November elections. House Republican and Senate Democratic leaders reached agreement on bills and resolutions they sent to the president’s desk just 34 times during the first year of the 118th Congress […]

US Supreme Court won’t yet rule on presidential immunity question in Trump case

By: and - December 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to quickly decide if former President Donald Trump holds immunity from federal prosecution in the case linked to his actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith had asked the justices to determine if “a former […]

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A ‘chaotic’ January? Congress faces two shutdown deadlines with no action yet on spending

By: - December 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — Congress is staring down a funding cliff in mid-January and a second one in early February, but neither of those deadlines have inspired House and Senate leaders to broker agreement on the dozen bills that were supposed to become law by Oct. 1. Appropriators are concerned the upcoming election year and competing legislative […]

The Department of Justice is asking the Supreme Court to weigh in on conflicting lower court decisions on access to a popular abortion medication. (Peter Dazeley/Getty Images)

US Supreme Court to decide fate of medication abortion access nationwide

By: - December 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court announced Wednesday it will hear oral arguments and decide whether broad access to the abortion pill can remain legal across the United States. The justices’ decision to hear the case this term will put abortion access and the politics that comes with it back in front of the nation’s highest court […]

U.S. Sen. Katie Britt of Alabama speaks at a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 7, with other Republican members of the U.S. Senate on talks over border security.

With time growing short, U.S. Senate talks extend on immigration overhaul

By: - December 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have left the Capitol without a deal on sought-after changes to immigration policy that’s tied to aid for Ukraine and Israel — leaving them just one week to resolve the dispute before lawmakers depart for a three-week holiday break. Negotiations among a small group of senators were expected to throughout […]

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a news briefing after a weekly Republican luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 5, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

Divided over immigration, U.S. Senate blocks advancing aid for Ukraine, Israel

By: - December 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate failed to move forward Wednesday with a $111 billion spending package that would have bolstered aid to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and the southern border amid deep disagreement about immigration policy. The 49-51 procedural vote, which needed at least 60 senators to advance the bill toward final passage, represents a significant […]

The White House is asking Congress to approve additional Ukraine aid.

White House points to defense spending in states in new plea for Ukraine aid

By: - December 4, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is warning Congress that without more funding for Ukraine, the United States will no longer be able to provide that country with military assistance — and emphasizing the multiple states from Arkansas to Michigan to Pennsylvania where businesses already have benefited from earlier aid. Cutting off U.S. funding would not […]