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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.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks as members of the National Governors Association meet with her and President Joe Biden at the White House on Feb. 23, 2024. At right are Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, NGA chair, and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, NGA vice chair. (Screenshot from White House webcast)

Biden calls on governors to press Congress on immigration overhaul, Ukraine aid

By: - February 23, 2024

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden used a meeting with the National Governors Association at the White House on Friday to press for assistance to Ukraine and bipartisan immigration policy changes, both of which are stalled in Congress. “You deal with this every day, some of you deal with it every single day,” Biden told governors […]

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Biden unveils latest round of student loan cancellation to aid 153,000 borrowers

By: - February 22, 2024

President Joe Biden expanded his push to eliminate student loan debt Wednesday, saying during a speech the initiative is part of a campaign promise to address the “broken” system. “While a college degree is still a ticket to a better life, that ticket is too expensive,” Biden said. “And too many Americans are still saddled […]

The White House on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024, again urged Congress to act on aid for Ukraine. A protester against the Russian invasion of Ukraine holds a sign that reads “Who Will Stop Putin?” in front of the Brandenburg Gate on Feb. 24, 2022, in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Getty Images)

White House preps new sanctions package against Russia after Navalny death

By: - February 20, 2024

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday again urged U.S. House Republican leaders to hold an up-or-down vote on military assistance for Ukraine and said a new sanctions package against Russia is on the way, citing the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as placing new pressure on Western democracies to rally against the […]

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U.S. Senate sends to the House a $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan 

By: - February 13, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly early Tuesday to approve a $95 billion emergency spending package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The measure now goes to the U.S. House, where Speaker Mike Johnson hasn’t committed to putting the bill on the floor for debate and votes amid opposition to the military and humanitarian assistance […]

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump mocks U.S. President Joe Biden while speaking during a Get Out The Vote rally at Coastal Carolina University on Feb. 10, 2024 in Conway, South Carolina. South Carolina holds its Republican primary on February 24. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Some GOP senators shy away from Trump threat he won’t aid ‘delinquent’ NATO allies 

By: - February 12, 2024

WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic senators on Monday distanced themselves from comments Donald Trump made about NATO over the weekend, when the GOP front-runner said the United States might not assist those countries should Russia expand its war in Europe. Speaking at a rally in South Carolina, Trump recalled a conversation he had when he […]

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Feb. 8, 2024 in Washington, D.C. Biden addressed the Special Counsel’s report on his handling of classified material, and the status of the war in Gaza. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Five big takeaways from the special counsel’s report on Biden and classified documents

By: - February 11, 2024

WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Hur’s nearly 400-page report on the classified documents that President Joe Biden kept after leaving office includes new details on why it’s become commonplace for politicians to end up with sensitive information after they leave their posts. The report also sheds light on why Biden, then a former vice president, […]

President Joe Biden “willfully retained” classified materials following his time as vice president, but he won’t be charged with a crime, a special counsel said Thursday. Biden is shown at a rally in Bowie, Maryland, on Nov. 7, 2022. (Photo by Danielle Gaines/States Newsroom)

No prosecution of Biden in classified documents case, DOJ special counsel says in report 

By: - February 8, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department released a lengthy report Thursday concluding that while President Joe Biden “willfully retained” classified materials following his time as vice president, he won’t be charged with a crime. Special Counsel Robert K. Hur wrote in the 388-page report that prosecutors considered “that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present […]

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U.S. Senate advances $95.3 billion bill that includes emergency funding for Ukraine, Israel 

By: - February 8, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate moved past a procedural hurdle Thursday to begin work on a $95 billion emergency spending bill that would provide military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The strong 67-32 vote, which could predict eventual approval, came after a tense week on Capitol Hill that began Sunday evening when […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, speaks with reporters in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate kills immigration overhaul, hits stalemate on Israel, Ukraine aid

By: - February 7, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate was stuck over whether to begin debate on an emergency spending bill Wednesday night that would provide $95.3 billion in assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan — after senators blocked a sweeping larger package that would have overhauled immigration law for the first time in decades. Republicans said last year […]

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford speaks with reporters in the Russell office building in the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Bleak future for immigration action after U.S. Senate GOP abandons border security deal

By: and - February 7, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday walked away from the bipartisan border security and immigration deal clinched after months of painstaking negotiations, siding with their House colleagues and presidential front-runner Donald Trump. The decision to block the bill released just two days ago not only leaves laws in place that GOP lawmakers say have […]

A U.S. Army carry team moves the flagged draped transfer case containing the remains of Army Sgt. William Rivers during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base on Feb. 2, 2024 in Dover, Delaware. Rivers, Sgt. Breonna Moffett and Sgt. Kennedy Sanders were killed in addition to 40 other troops who were injured during a drone strike in Jordan. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

U.S. retaliates for killings of troops by launching military strikes at Iraq and Syria

By: - February 4, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military on Friday took a first round of retaliatory action following the deaths of three American troops by striking facilities in Iraq and Syria, according to a statement from President Joe Biden. “The United States does not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world,” Biden said. […]

Dozens of ‘friend of the court’ briefs backing abortion pill access arrive at Supreme Court

By: - February 2, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has been inundated with dozens of organizations seeking to weigh in on the future of the abortion pill by filing “friend of the court” briefs. The groups include governors, attorneys general, state lawmakers and members of Congress as well as medical organizations, civil rights groups and pharmaceutical companies — […]