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Jerry Zremski is the Washington bureau chief for The Buffalo News. He joined the News in 1984 as a business reporter and moved to Washington in 1989. Zremski served as president of the National Press Club in 2007 and won a Nieman fellowship in journalism at Harvard University in 1999. A native of Elkland, Pa., he is a graduate of Syracuse University.

WASHINGTON -- For years, Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed took every opportunity to bash Obamacare as a failure. But, after House Republicans failed Friday in their attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the two GOP lawmakers from Western New York offered vastly different reactions to their party's failure. Collins focused on his disappointment. Reed…

WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday threatened to sue to stop a congressional proposal that would free New York's counties from having to pay a share of the state's Medicaid costs. “I believe it is unconstitutional and we're seriously considering a lawsuit on behalf of the people of the state of New York to prove what a scam and a fraud this delegation is try…

WASHINGTON – The Buffalo Billion became the latest political football Thursday in the Cuomo administration's battle with congressional Republicans over their proposal to shift county Medicaid costs to the state. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul lashed out at Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, over comments he made referencing the Buffalo Billion on a public radio show in New York Cit…

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to announce his widely expected opposition to Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court -- and to say that Democrats will try to block his nomination. "After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Suprem…

WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo sounds as if he is in a panic over the bill House Republicans plan to vote on Thursday to repeal and replace Obamacare. And to hear health professionals and policy wonks in the state tell it, he has plenty of reason to panic. The bill would force billions of dollars of additional annual costs onto the state. Thanks to an amendment …

WASHINGTON – Upstate New York homeowners would get a huge tax break – and House Republicans would get a few more much-needed votes for their health care plan – thanks to an amendment that Rep. Chris Collins got added to that GOP health legislation this week. But that very amendment caused anger and panic in Albany Tuesday. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and health care l…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins' proposal to relieve counties of their Medicaid costs has been added to the Obamacare repeal bill the House is likely to vote on later this week. Collins' plan, which would force New York to pick up the $2.3 billion tab that upstate and Long Island counties now contribute to the health care plan for lower-income state residents, was in…

WASHINGTON – If Rep. Chris Collins thought a televised town hall on CNN would be easier to manage than a town hall in his district, CNN’s Van Jones proved him sadly mistaken on Thursday night. On a town hall series called “The Messy Truth,” telecast from a studio in New York rather than held in a fire hall in New York’s 27th Congressional District, Jones subj…

WASHINGTON – President Trump looked to the Rust Belt for the votes that got him elected, but the budget proposal he released early Thursday looks as if it would result in a massive movement of federal funds away from the region and toward states with a bigger military presence. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program -- which helps heat the homes of nearly 100,0…

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Collins, the Clarence Republican who vowed only weeks ago to never hold a town hall meeting with his constituents, will appear at 9 p.m. Thursday on "The Messy Truth," a CNN town hall series. Collins will be on the first half-hour of the show, said Michael McAdams, a  spokesman for Collins. Van Jones, a CNN commentator who used to work for …

America welcomes more than a million new residents a year -- and that doesn't include those who cross the border illegally or who overstay the visas. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to sort out how or why particular immigrants came to America. Here's a glossary that spells out some of the details. Legal immigrants: More than 1 million people legally resettle …

WASHINGTON – President Trump wants to change America's immigration system to make it "merit-based." In the process, he may well change what Buffalo looks like. Trump's policy would shrink the wave of newcomers who  stemmed the city's population loss: refugees and other immigrants, including those who broke the law in crossing into the United States. As a result, B…

WASHINGTON – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul traveled to the Capitol on Wednesday to meet with New York State’s House delegation – and to warn lawmakers about the dangers she sees the state facing if the Affordable Care Act is replaced with a proposal from House Republicans. “New York State will be one of the hardest-hit states in the nation,” Hochul said after meeting …

WASHINGTON – New York State legislators would face a do-or-die moment in less than three years, under the Obamacare replacement proposed by House Republicans this week. If the GOP health care proposal becomes law – and that's a big if – state legislators would be forced to make hugely costly and politically perilous decisions about the future of health care for mi…