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.

New Jersey Monitor is part of States Newsroom, the nation’s largest state-focused nonprofit news organization.

Calm, conservative, confident: What GOP senators want in Trump’s vice presidential pick

By: and - June 25, 2024

WASHINGTON — Republican members of the U.S. Senate striving for a takeover of their chamber in the November elections have a wish list for what they’d like to see in Donald Trump’s running mate. A “little calmer” than Trump. Confident. Conservative. Military experience. Good relationships with senators. Ready to take over as chief executive if […]

Democrats stress reproductive rights in fight for control of Congress, White House

By: - June 20, 2024

Republicans want to ban abortion and they have a plan to do it through executive action if Trump is reelected, Dems say.

Scientists argue over the origins of COVID-19 before U.S. Senate panel

By: - June 18, 2024

The hearing was part of ongoing efforts in Congress to apply the lessons learned during the pandemic to prevent or blunt the next outbreak.

States struggle with unreliable federal funding for making sure elections are secure

By: - June 15, 2024

U.S. House Republicans are seeking to eliminate funding for election security grants in this year’s appropriations process.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects attempt to limit access to abortion pill

By: - June 13, 2024

The high court unanimously rejected attempts by anti-abortion groups to roll back access to what was in place more than eight years ago.

Republican IVF bill fails in U.S. Senate

By: - June 13, 2024

The Senate is set to take a procedural vote as soon as Thursday on legislation from Democrats that would bolster protections for IVF.

Trump says he’ll work ‘side by side’ with group that wants abortion ‘eradicated’

By: - June 10, 2024

Former President Donald Trump told the anti-abortion Danbury Institute that he hopes to protect “innocent life” if elected in November.

‘Democracy begins with each of us,’ Biden says at site of D-Day invasion in Normandy

By: - June 7, 2024

Biden said people today must live up to the benchmark of the soldiers who decided that it was necessary to stand up to a dictator who threatened democracy.

U.S. Senate GOP prevents contraception access bill from moving ahead

By: - June 5, 2024

Democrats argued the bill would provide a safety net should a future Supreme Court overturn two cases regarding contraception.

Fauci defends his work on COVID-19, says he has an ‘open mind’ on its origins

By: - June 3, 2024

House Republicans who called the hearing grilled Fauci during the contentious three-hour session about the origins of COVID-19 and his role in the response.

Biden urges Hamas to accept new Israeli ceasefire plan intended to end war

By: - May 31, 2024

Biden urged people around the world who have been calling for an end to the war in the Middle East to pressure the Iran-backed terrorist organization to take the deal.

Doctors urge U.S. Supreme Court to include abortion as stabilizing care under federal law

By: - May 24, 2024

The court is deciding whether a federal law protects doctors who provide abortions as “stabilizing treatment” during a medical emergency.