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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.

Republicans in Congress say they’d keep federal abortion funding in cases of rape, incest

By: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON —  A nearly 50-year-old federal law backed by Republicans allows the use of federal dollars for abortions in cases of rape, incest or the life of the pregnant person. That so-called Hyde Amendment, which is folded into spending bills, is less stringent than new or planned abortion bans in some GOP-led states, where governors […]

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

By: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate advanced a catchall spending package Tuesday that would provide billions to aid Ukraine’s war effort, help communities throughout the country recover from natural disasters and keep the federal government funded through mid-December.  Democrats and Republicans voted 72-23 to move the measure toward a final vote later this week — a […]

Billions for natural disasters, home energy included in stopgap spending bill in Congress

By: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress is on track to approve billions in funding this week to help offset rising home heating and cooling costs, as well as boost aid for communities recovering from natural disasters.   The package, unveiled overnight, would provide $2.5 billion in assistance for the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire that scorched much of New Mexico […]

U.S. House GOP outlines agenda in bid for control in the midterms

By: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans gathered inside a warehouse in Southwestern Pennsylvania on Friday to outline the legislation they’d try to enact if voters give them back control of that chamber following the November midterm elections.  Speaking from an HVAC factory in Monongahela, about an hour south of Pittsburgh, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said […]

Manchin’s energy permitting plan roils U.S. Senate and House Democrats

By: and - September 23, 2022

WASHINGTON – The energy permitting proposal centrist Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III made a condition of his support for a major Senate Democratic measure would impose timelines on federal agencies responsible for approving energy projects, according to text of the measure released late Wednesday.  Congressional Democrats are deeply divided over the Manchin permitting bill, […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene leads GOP drive to criminalize gender-affirming care for transgender youth

By: - September 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to commit to bringing legislation to the floor that would make it a felony to give gender-affirming care to transgender youth, should the GOP take control of the U.S. House following the November midterm elections.  “How on earth can this be happening in America? […]

U.S. Senate delays same-sex marriage vote until after midterm elections

By: - September 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate won’t vote on legislation to secure marriage equality for millions of Americans until after the midterm elections, bipartisan negotiators announced Thursday.  The move follows weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions among five U.S. senators from both political parties who have been drafting an amendment to the House-passed legislation that they hoped would […]

U.S. Senate Republicans shy away from proposed 15-week national abortion ban

By: - September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans are skeptical about a 15-week nationwide abortion ban that GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced Tuesday, with some saying they want to leave the issue to state lawmakers instead of taking it up in Congress.  “I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this be dealt with at […]

Biden pitches ‘moonshot’ to cut the number of cancer deaths in half

By: - September 13, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Hoping to channel the momentum that led scientists to land Americans on the moon more than 50 years ago, President Joe Biden doubled down Monday on his quest to halve the number of cancer deaths as part of his revamped “cancer moonshot” initiative.  Speaking from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum […]

New fight opens in Congress over VA policy that sidesteps state abortion bans

By: - September 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. Senate are confident the Department of Veterans Affairs can implement a new policy that allows its doctors to provide abortions when the pregnancy threatens the patient’s life or health, or when it’s the result of rape or incest.  The VA announced the new policy last week to cheers from […]

GOP balks at White House request for billions for public health, natural disasters, Ukraine

By: - September 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are lukewarm about providing $47 billion in new emergency spending for the ongoing Ukrainian war against Russia’s invasion, COVID-19 and monkeypox public health campaigns, and to help states recover from natural disasters.  GOP senators, who have returned to Washington after Congress’ summer break, aren’t so sure the Biden administration’s request […]

Bill codifying same-sex marriage nears critical vote in U.S. Senate

By: - September 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is on track to vote on a bill codifying marriage equality as soon as next week with negotiators increasingly confident it could become law.  Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday they’re close to getting at least 10 Republicans to back the same-sex marriage […]