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.

U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, gives his first floor speech since being elected to the leadership role. (Screenshot from U.S. House livestream)

Biden, not Congress, responsible for action on immigration, U.S. House speaker asserts

By: - January 31, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson on Wednesday used his first floor speech since taking hold of the gavel more than three months ago to call for immediate action to address undocumented immigration and border security, saying it’s a “moral” responsibility. The Louisiana Republican, however, argued the task should fall to the White House, […]

packages of Mifepristone tablets

U.S. Supreme Court schedules March 26 oral arguments in abortion pill access case 

By: - January 29, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 26 in the case that could significantly curtail access to a prescription drug used for both abortions and miscarriage care. The case centers on when and how patients can access mifepristone, a pharmaceutical the U.S. Food and Drug Administration originally approved in 2000. […]

Biden walks by a Wisconsin flag to tout American Jobs Plan

Biden, Yellen tout their administration’s ‘invest in America’ economic gains 

By: - January 25, 2024

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden highlighted the differences between his economic policies and those of the last Republican administration during a trip to Wisconsin on Thursday, the same day new data showed the U.S. economy grew by 3.1% last year. Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), welcomed Biden to Wisconsin to celebrate […]

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump

On to November: Trump win in New Hampshire sets up 2024 rematch with Biden

By: , and - January 24, 2024

WASHINGTON — Leading Republicans — and the Biden presidential campaign — on Wednesday rushed to identify former President Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee after he won decisively in New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary. Trump bested Nikki Haley, his former United Nations ambassador, by more than 10 percentage points in a moderate state with an open […]

Left to right, first lady Jill Biden, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff take part in a ”Reproductive Freedom Campaign Rally” at George Mason University on Jan. 23, 2024 in Manassas, Virginia. It was the first joint rally of the campaign for the president and vice president.(Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden, Harris vow to restore protections for abortion rights as 2024 campaign launches

By: - January 24, 2024

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris moved abortion access to the forefront of their reelection bid Tuesday by making it the centerpiece of their first joint campaign rally of the 2024 election cycle. “With your voice, with your power, with your vote, we can restore the protections that have been around for over […]

Florida’s DeSantis withdraws from Republican presidential race, endorses Trump

By: - January 21, 2024

WASHINGTON — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis withdrew from the Republican race for the presidential nomination on Sunday, less than two days before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. DeSantis, who came in second in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses on Jan. 15, released a nearly five-minute video on social media announcing that he had suspended his campaign and […]

Congress speeds through short-term government funding bill before Friday shutdown deadline

By: - January 18, 2024

WASHINGTON — Congress will have until early March to finish work it was supposed to complete last fall — and will avert a partial government shutdown — under a bill both chambers approved with broad bipartisan support Thursday. The 77-18 vote in the Senate and 314-108 vote in the House sent the bill to President […]

No deal on Ukraine, Israel aid after White House meeting with top congressional leaders

By: and - January 18, 2024

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s White House gathering with lawmakers to find a compromise on foreign aid and immigration was “productive,” U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson said Wednesday, but a deal has still not been reached. Biden hosted congressional leaders and other lawmakers to discuss the administration’s stalled $106 billion national security supplemental request, which […]

Abortion rights activists

Members of U.S. Senate, advocates discuss problems in states that limit abortion access

By: - January 18, 2024

WASHINGTON — Abortion rights advocates and Democrats in the U.S. Senate pressed for a return to legal, safe access throughout the country during a briefing Wednesday. The nearly three-hour conversation, held in the Capitol Visitors Center, featured doctors speaking about the challenges they and their patients face in states that have implemented restrictions on abortion […]

With a partial shutdown looming at the end of the week, the U.S. Senate on the night of Tuesday, Jan. 16, took a procedural vote on a stopgap spending bill. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate moves to avoid a partial government shutdown, but time running short 

By: - January 17, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate took a broadly bipartisan vote Tuesday to advance a short-term spending bill, but both chambers of Congress must approve the legislation before a Friday funding deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown. The 68-13 procedural vote moves the bill toward a final vote in the Senate in the coming days, […]

U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Louisiana Republican, reads a statement about government spending to reporters inside the Capitol building on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

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

By: - January 14, 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 […]

Speaker Mike Johnson

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

By: and - January 12, 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 administration […]