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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.

CDC expects more monkeypox cases in the U.S.

By: - May 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it’s likely the United States will see additional cases of monkeypox in the coming weeks, but officials cautioned that it’s harder to transmit the virus than it is to spread respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.  Monkeypox, which is also spreading throughout Europe, has an incubation […]

Federal judge allows continued Title 42 migrant expulsions at the border

By: - May 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, a designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has allowed border patrol officials to turn migrants away at the border.  The order from U.S. District Court Judge Robert Summerhays for a preliminary nationwide injunction […]

Under fire from Congress, FDA chief says baby formula shortage will improve soon

By: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Robert Califf told Congress on Thursday that the infant formula shortage likely will begin to improve in the coming days, though he declined to explain to unhappy lawmakers why his agency didn’t act sooner on a whistleblower report that detailed safety issues at an Abbott Laboratories facility in Michigan.  […]

Congress clears $40B in Ukraine aid for Biden’s signature, but some in GOP balk

By: - May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators voted overwhelmingly Thursday to send President Joe Biden a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine that will provide additional economic, humanitarian and military support to the country.  The 86-11 vote marks the second time Congress cleared a multibillion-dollar package since Russia invaded in late February. Negotiators opted both times to increase […]

U.S. House Judiciary Committee debates abortion in advance of landmark court ruling

By: - May 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — The national debate over abortion raged in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as Democrats warned of the dangers of a potential end to the constitutional right and Republicans argued that state legislatures should determine abortion laws.  The hearing came just weeks after a leaked draft opinion from Associate Justice Samuel Alito […]

U.S. House to vote on $28 million for FDA to relieve infant formula shortage

By: - May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democratic appropriators in the U.S. House unveiled a $28 million emergency spending bill Tuesday intended to address a nationwide infant formula shortage that has left parents and caregivers struggling to find food for babies. The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on the bill, which would provide funding to the U.S. […]

Biden administration looks for ways to alleviate infant formula shortage

By: - May 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration sought to assuage parents’ concerns over an ongoing infant formula shortage Thursday, though officials couldn’t offer a timeline for when store shelves would be fully stocked again. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is working to “cut red tape,” increase imports of formula and broaden what types […]

U.S. Senate Democrats fail to enshrine nationwide abortion protections, vow more action 

By: - May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Efforts to secure the nationwide right to an abortion stalled for a second time Wednesday when U.S. Senate Democrats failed to get enough votes to overcome the legislative filibuster.  Republicans, including Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, voted uniformly against limiting debate on the bill while Democrats, save West Virginia’s […]

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

By: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and if the GOP regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by […]

Bernie Sanders at U.S. Senate hearing rips Amazon over union opposition

By: - May 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took Amazon to task Thursday at a congressional hearing, bashing the online giant’s leadership for fighting union drives and questioning whether the federal government should continue contracting with the multibillion-dollar company.  Amazon executives didn’t attend the hearing, but U.S. senators did hear from labor unions and the U.S. Government […]

U.S. Senate to try again on abortion rights after bombshell disclosure of draft opinion

By: - May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pledged a new vote codifying the right to an abortion after publication of a draft court opinion that showed the Supreme Court on track to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Democrats, who likely won’t have the votes to advance that bill, also predicted that abortion […]

Biden asks Congress for $33 billion for Ukraine aid, pleads again for COVID funds

By: - April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday asked Congress to approve $33 billion more in funding to help Ukraine fight off a Russian invasion that has lasted more than two months and claimed thousands of lives.  Biden also asked U.S. lawmakers to make it easier for the federal government to sell off assets seized from […]