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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.

People wait for buses at a bus station as they attempt to evacuate the city on February 24, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

U.S., other democracies limit Russian trade benefits in reaction to war against Ukraine

By: - March 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday announced a new round of sanctions on Russia by the United States, as well as countries within the European Union and the Group of Seven nations. The latest round of joint economic restrictions will revoke Russia’s status as a preferred trading partner and eliminate the country’s ability to […]

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. | Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr Public Domain

Congress reaches finish line on spending package that omits aid for COVID tests, treatment

By: - March 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress passed a massive government $1.5 trillion funding package that includes increases for domestic and national security programs and billions in aid to Ukraine. Before the Senate passed the package Thursday night, Democrats and Republicans were locked in a stalemate over additional pandemic relief.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that without […]

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COVID aid stripped from U.S. spending bill after protests states would lose relief money

By: - March 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders on Wednesday pulled more than $15 billion in emergency COVID-19 aid from a government funding bill after infuriated Democrats said their states would get shut out of promised cash from a 2021 pandemic relief package. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that it was “heartbreaking” to remove the COVID-19 funding, […]

Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi

Congress reaches deal on massive spending package with billions for Ukraine

By: - March 9, 2022

This story was updated 3/9/2022 at 5:52 p.m. with the removal of supplemental COVID-19 aid. WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans forged agreement early Wednesday on a spending package that will fund the government for the next eight months, as well as provide billions in emergency funding for the war in Ukraine.  The announcement means Congress […]

President Joe Biden delivers remarks the East Room of the White House.

Biden declares U.S. ban on Russian oil, warns of gasoline price spikes

By: and - March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States will no longer import Russian energy in an attempt to further cripple that nation’s economy as it wages war against Ukraine.  President Joe Biden announced the newest sanctions Tuesday from the White House, saying that a ban on Russian oil and gas would target “the main artery of Russia’s economy.” […]

U.S. Capitol | Jane Norman, States Newsroom

U.S. government shutdown days away as Congress struggles on Ukraine aid, COVID-19 relief

By: - March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — With just five days left before government funding expires, Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach agreement on $1.5 trillion in federal spending as well as billions more in assistance to Ukraine and COVID-19 relief.  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday afternoon that both political parties were “very close” to reaching […]

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: Ukraine Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, responds as US President Joe Biden delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, at the Capitol on March 01, 2022 in Washington, DC. During his first State of the Union address, Biden spoke on his administration’s efforts to lead a global response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, work to curb inflation, and bring the country out of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images)

White House wants $10 billion for Ukraine aid, $22.5 billion for more COVID help

By: - March 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is asking Congress to provide $10 billion in assistance to Ukraine and $22.5 billion in COVID-19 funding on a fast timeline — within the next week.  White House acting budget director Shalanda Young wrote in a letter to lawmakers that this likely won’t be the last emergency funding request for […]

Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin of Illinois with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, on Wednesday. Photo by Jennifer Shutt

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson meets with top members of U.S. Senate

By: - March 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson began the arduous Senate confirmation process Wednesday, meeting on Capitol Hill with four key senators.  Jackson, who would become the first Black woman on the court if confirmed, started her morning with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat. Schumer said he expects Republicans […]

Biden delivers State of the Union

Biden in State of the Union urges ‘unmistakable’ support for democracy in Ukraine

By: and - March 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night to reassert America as a leading global voice for democracy and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an “unprovoked” war in Ukraine.  “Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for their […]

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New CDC guidance relaxes indoor public masking in a majority of U.S. counties

By: - February 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday unveiled updated guidance for wearing masks indoors in public places, a move that means 70% of Americans likely will be able to ditch their masks.  The new guidance will divvy counties into low, medium or high transmission categories based on new hospitalizations for COVID-19, […]

2nd Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army are pictured during the preparation of armoured combat vehicles before deploying to Romania on February 09, 2022 in Vilseck, Germany.

New U.S. sanctions on Russia target banks, high-tech imports

By: and - February 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The United States and Western allies stepped up economic sanctions on Russia following its escalated attack on Ukraine, President Joe Biden said at the White House on Thursday. Biden had for weeks pledged to impose significant sanctions on Russia if President Vladimir Putin followed through on plans to invade Ukraine. As the invasion […]

People wait for buses at a bus station as they attempt to evacuate the city on February 24, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Waves of Russian forces launch assault on Ukraine and U.S. prepares added sanctions

By: - February 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden Thursday vowed a “united and decisive” wave of sanctions against Russia after the country’s leaders ordered a military assault on Ukraine.  Russian military forces began attacking several cities and towns throughout the country, according to multiple news reports.  “President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic […]