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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.

Federal agency warns Colorado River Basin water usage could be cut as drought worsens

By: - June 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The federal agency in charge of managing much of the West’s water warned Tuesday that it will act unilaterally to reduce water usage in the Colorado River Basin if state and tribal leaders can’t reach an agreement this summer.  Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille C. Touton told a U.S. Senate committee that states […]

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Will it be ‘every state for themselves’ as the federal COVID cash dries up?

By: - June 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — State and local health departments remain in limbo over whether they’ll need to single-handedly fund their own COVID-19 vaccines and treatments as a stalemate in Congress drags into its fourth month.  The Biden administration has raised alarm bells about the risk of inaction after sending Congress a request for $22.5 billion in early […]

U.S. House passes ‘red flag’ gun control bill from Georgia Rep. McBath

By: and - June 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “red flag” gun control bill that would allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others. In a 224-202 nearly party line vote, the House passed Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath’s bill, known […]

Fourth grade survivor of Uvalde shooting tells Congress: ‘I don’t want it to happen again’

By: and - June 8, 2022

Content warning: This story contains graphic descriptions related to gun violence.  WASHINGTON — A fourth grader who survived the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting where 19 students and two teachers were murdered told lawmakers Wednesday that she is afraid to go back to school. “I don’t want it to happen again,” 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo said in […]

Bipartisan U.S. Senate bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits edges toward passage

By: - June 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is set to approve a sweeping bill in the coming days steered by the bipartisan duo of Montana’s Jon Tester and Kansas’ Jerry Moran that would expand health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits overseas — though a few final details linger. Democrats and Republicans on Capitol […]

COVID vaccine for kids under 5 could be available as soon as June 21

By: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to ship out to the states millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses for children under 5 in the coming weeks, likely ending months of waiting for some parents and caregivers.   White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha said Thursday that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes emergency […]

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Passenger and freight rail projects in 32 states get millions from U.S. DOT

By: - June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is doling out millions of dollars to railroad projects throughout the country in hopes of improving supply chains and passenger rail service.  The announcement by the Biden administration of $368 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements will go to more than 46 projects designed to improve safety and […]

Infant formula stockpile for the U.S. suggested by FDA chief

By: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government should consider creating a stockpile of infant formula to avoid the possibility of future shortages, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told a Senate committee Thursday.  Commissioner Robert Califf said during his third hearing on Capitol Hill about the months-long shortage that his agency and lawmakers really […]

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Nine monkeypox cases now reported in seven states, and CDC urges awareness

By: - May 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — Monkeypox cases are slowly increasing throughout the United States, though public health officials said Thursday they have the tools needed to diagnose, treat and contain the virus that’s mostly spread by skin-to-skin contact.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said during a briefing there are now nine diagnosed cases in […]

FDA chief cites ‘egregiously unsanitary’ conditions at Michigan baby formula plant

By: - May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that he has found no evidence of intentional delay or malfeasance within the agency — though it took months to act on a whistleblower report of what he called “egregiously unsanitary” conditions at an infant formula plant in Michigan.  FDA […]

Commission recommends new names for 9 Army bases to end ties to Confederacy

By: - May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The group in charge of renaming military installations that have continued to honor Confederates released its recommendations Tuesday for nine bases.  The Naming Commission, created by Congress in a defense authorization bill, is set to give its final report to the U.S. House and Senate Armed Services committees before Oct. 1, though its […]

Summer hurricanes, wildfires and storms loom as FEMA faces pressure to step up

By: - May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Another grueling summer disaster season is arriving, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency is under intense pressure even as its portfolio balloons, it pleads for more money from Congress and criticism comes on several fronts. The agency manages more than 300 disaster declarations a year, a dramatic increase from the average of 108 […]