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.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, speaks with reporters inside the U.S. Capitol after returning from a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

A partial government shutdown is days away. There’s no agreement on federal funding yet.

By: and - February 27, 2024

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden huddled with top congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday amid a crunch over government funding as well as a familiar stalemate over assistance to two major allies — and no solution immediately in sight. Lawmakers leaving the meeting, which lasted about an hour, said it was worthwhile, even […]

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel And Convention Center on Feb. 24, 2024, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

In CPAC speech, Trump predicts ‘losing World War III’ if he is not elected

By: - February 24, 2024

Former President Donald Trump painted a bleak picture Saturday of what would happen to the United States should voters reelect Joe Biden to the Oval Office in November. The front-runner in the 2024 GOP presidential primary, who made similar predictions ahead of the 2020 presidential election, told attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference — […]

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on canceling student debt at Culver City Julian Dixon Library on Feb. 21, 2024, in Culver City, California. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Biden unveils latest round of student loan cancellation to aid 153,000 borrowers

By: - February 21, 2024

President Joe Biden expanded his push to eliminate student loan debt Wednesday, saying during a speech the initiative is part of a campaign promise to address the “broken” system. “While a college degree is still a ticket to a better life, that ticket is too expensive,” Biden said. “And too many Americans are still saddled […]

South Dakota Republican U.S. Sens. John Thune, left, and Mike Rounds. (Senate official portraits)

Thune, Rounds vote yes as U.S. Senate approves $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan

By: - February 13, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly early Tuesday to approve a $95 billion emergency spending package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The measure now goes to the U.S. House, where Speaker Mike Johnson hasn’t committed to putting the bill on the floor for debate and votes amid opposition to the military and humanitarian assistance […]

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House on Feb. 8, 2024, in Washington, D.C. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Five big takeaways from the special counsel’s report on Biden and classified documents

By: - February 9, 2024

WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Hur’s nearly 400-page report on the classified documents that President Joe Biden kept after leaving office includes new details on why it’s become commonplace for politicians to end up with sensitive information after they leave their posts. The report also sheds light on why Biden, then a former vice president, […]

President Joe Biden speaks at a rally in Bowie, Maryland, on Nov. 7, 2022. (Danielle Gaines/States Newsroom)

No prosecution of Biden in classified documents case, DOJ special counsel says in report

By: - February 8, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department released a lengthy report Thursday concluding that while President Joe Biden “willfully retained” classified materials following his time as vice president, he won’t be charged with a crime. Special Counsel Robert K. Hur wrote in the 388-page report that prosecutors considered “that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present […]

The U.S. Capitol on Jan. 16, 2024. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Thune, Rounds vote yes as U.S. Senate advances emergency funding for Ukraine, Israel

By: - February 8, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate moved past a procedural hurdle Thursday to begin work on a $95 billion emergency spending bill that would provide military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The strong 67-32 vote, which could predict eventual approval, came after a tense week on Capitol Hill that began Sunday evening when […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, speaks with reporters in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate kills immigration overhaul, hits stalemate on Israel, Ukraine aid

By: - February 7, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate was stuck over whether to begin debate on an emergency spending bill Wednesday night that would provide $95.3 billion in assistance to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan — after senators blocked a sweeping larger package that would have overhauled immigration law for the first time in decades. Republicans said last year […]

Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford speaks with reporters in the Russell office building in the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024. (Photo by Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Bleak future for immigration action after U.S. Senate GOP abandons border security deal

By: and - February 6, 2024

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday walked away from the bipartisan border security and immigration deal clinched after months of painstaking negotiations, siding with their House colleagues and presidential front-runner Donald Trump. The decision to block the bill released just two days ago not only leaves laws in place that GOP lawmakers say have […]

A U.S. Army carry team moves the flagged draped transfer case containing the remains of Army Sgt. William Rivers during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base on Feb. 2, 2024, in Dover, Delaware. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

U.S. retaliates for killings of troops by launching military strikes at Iraq and Syria

By: - February 2, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military on Friday took a first round of retaliatory action following the deaths of three American troops by striking facilities in Iraq and Syria, according to a statement from President Joe Biden. “The United States does not seek conflict in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world,” Biden said. […]

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SD’s Johnson votes yes on child tax credit expansion, business tax breaks

By: - January 31, 2024

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve a $78 billion tax package that would expand the child tax credit and reinstate some tax incentives for businesses. The 357-70 vote sends the bill, dubbed the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, to the U.S. Senate, where lawmakers are expected […]

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, […]