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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.

Abortion protestors in front of the Supreme Court

Abortion access is on the ballot in November in these states

By: - August 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in at least three states will determine at the polls in November what abortion access looks like for their neighbors, colleagues, friends and family — becoming some of the first Americans to deliver their own verdicts on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Residents of California, Kentucky and […]

An electron microscope image, colorized, depicting a monkeypox virus specimen. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regnery | CDC via Wikimedia Commons)

White House calls meeting with college officials on how to curb monkeypox on campus

By: - August 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House held a virtual meeting Thursday with more than 1,000 college and university officials to help them prepare for a school year when monkeypox cases are expected to crop up on campus.  The Biden administration’s monkeypox and COVID-19 response teams as well as representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Close up of judge holding gavel representing justice decision court case, scales in the background

Federal judge sides with Texas, blocks HHS guidance on emergency abortions

By: - August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal district judge has granted the Texas attorney general’s request to temporarily block guidance from the federal government that says federal law protects health care providers who perform abortions to save the life or health of pregnant patients in emergency situations.  Judge James Wesley Hendrix wrote the U.S. Department of Health and […]

Anthony Fauci, leader on federal COVID response, to step down in December

By: - August 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Anthony Fauci, one of the federal government’s leading public health figures, announced Monday he’ll be leaving his post in December, though he made clear he’s not retiring.  The 81-year-old doctor who runs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, became a household name […]

Students dancing and jumping around in sections O and P while the song "Jump Around" plays between the 3rd and 4th quarters at w:Camp Randall Stadium for a Wisconsin Badgers football game| photo by Royalbroil on Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0

What monkeypox outbreak? Little planning by colleges as students resume classes

By: - August 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — College students are heading back to campus following more than two years of a pandemic that led many schools to empty out for full semesters and later move to hybrid schedules in a struggle to curb the spread of COVID-19.  But the attempt by colleges and universities to return to something resembling normal […]

DNA spiral with Monkeypox Virus attacking

Biden administration asks state, local officials to boost monkeypox vaccine outreach

By: - August 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — Federal public health officials said Thursday they are working with state and local health departments to boost messaging and vaccinations for those most likely to contract monkeypox, including at large-scale events. But Biden administration officials at a press briefing also struggled to explain differing statements about how the vaccines should be administered, a […]

Screenshot of the signing ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 16 2022 at the White House

Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

By: - August 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

Drawing of female reproductive system with judge's gavel and stethoscope

Twenty states, D.C. join in opposing Texas lawsuit on emergency abortion care

By: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a brief in federal court on Tuesday, challenging Texas’ assertion that states shouldn’t have to comply with a federal law that protects doctors who end a pregnancy to save the patient’s life.  The brief argues the judge in the case shouldn’t grant […]

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 12: House Democrats applaud after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signed the Inflation Reduction Act during a bill enrollment ceremony after the House passed the legislation. The $737 billion legislation will focus on slowing climate change, lower health care costs and creating clean energy jobs by enacting a 15% corporate minimum tax, a 1% fee on stock buybacks and enhancing IRS enforcement. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

By: - August 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared Democrats’ long-sought climate, health care and tax package, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature.  The roughly $750 billion measure is much smaller than the $2 trillion reconciliation package the House originally sent to the Senate in November. The final product left out dozens of […]

Search warrant shows Trump under investigation for possible Espionage Act violations

By: - August 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday unsealed the warrant that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to search former President Donald Trump’s property at Mar-a-Lago in Florida earlier this week, revealing he’s under investigation for possibly violating the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice. The seven-page document, which includes a brief description of everything […]

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U.S. attorney general says DOJ asked for public release of search warrant for Trump estate

By: - August 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice has moved to release the search warrant a federal judge issued earlier this week that allowed federal agents to enter former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.   DOJ, Garland said, filed a motion in the Southern District of […]

President Joe Biden

Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

By: - August 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed legislation into law Wednesday that will provide health care and benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving a long-term, personal goal. “I was in and out of Iraq over 20 times,” Biden said of prior trips to the war zone he took as both […]