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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 – More than 19,000 Buffalo area residents on the state's Essential Plan health care option could be in danger of losing their insurance because the Trump administration is threatening to withdraw a huge part of the program's funding. Meantime, another 10,637 metro Buffalo residents who buy their health care on the state's insurance exchange could see dra…

WASHINGTON – President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer are banding together to fight what they see as Canada's attempt to block U.S. dairy producers from shipping huge amounts of one of their key products north of the border. Schumer said Friday morning that he spoke with Trump about the matter Thursday, and that the two me…

WASHINGTON – The most powerful man in the world and America's most powerful Democrat haven't exactly gotten along well since Donald Trump called Chuck Schumer a clown. But it now looks as if Trump and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York might conceivably be able to bond – over a glass of milk. A day after Trump vowed to help dairy farmers who a…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican who has been one of President Trump's most outspoken backers, expressed frustration about the new president's slow progress in appointing people to federal judgeships and jobs – including those in Western New York. "We are actually hearing they may not fill some of these positions this year in New York," Collin…

PERRY – The crowd at a monthly food pantry in this Wyoming County town of about 4,500 turned out to be a perfect microcosm of the most pro-Trump county in New York, where 72 percent of voters pulled the lever for the rebellious Republican candidate for president. Waiting to gather their food from a nonprofit that might have to shut down if President Trump's budget bec…

NIAGARA FALLS – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer traveled to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Monday to try to jump-start the push to get the military to put a flight simulator into the building it built for one here. Eight months after officials cut the ribbon on a new $5.2 million simulator building, Schumer came to the base to say that the push for…

Several prominent Buffalo architects strongly resist the notion of returning train service to Central Terminal, despite the fact that Rep. Brian Higgins touted a letter from 25 local architects who support the idea. The Buffalo News obtained the same email list of more that 250 design professionals that was used to collect signatures for a letter supporting returning t…

WASHINGTON -- Local members of Congress Friday mostly  praised President Trump's order to launch a missile attack on Syrian airfields in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack on Syrian people, but Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand said she was concerned that the United States took unilateral military action. More typical was the response of Senate Minority Leader Charles …

NEW YORK – Preet Bharara, the crusading federal prosecutor fired by President Trump on March 11, fired back Thursday, taking numerous shots – both hard-hitting and humorous – at the president and his policies. In his first speech since his firing, at the historic Great Hall at the Cooper Union, Bharara on Thursday delivered a long, sometimes rambling call for what…

NEW YORK — Preet Bharara, the crusading federal prosecutor who brought down several top state legislators only to be fired last month by President Trump, took a shot at the president's team Thursday, lamenting the "incompetence" demonstrated by his March 11 firing. In his first interview since his dismissal, which the New York Times published online Thursday afternoo…

NEW YORK -- A federal judge here Thursday set an Oct. 30 trial date for the defendants in the "Buffalo Billion" criminal case, although others accused in the sprawling statewide corruption case could be tried separately starting in January. Attorneys for the three Buffalo defendants -- Louis Ciminelli, Kevin Schuler and Michael Laipple – asked that their trial be mov…

State officials and the consultant studying sites for a new Buffalo train station are pushing back against key elements of Rep. Brian Higgins' argument for locating the facility at Central Terminal. While saying they are not taking sides in the increasingly contentious debate over whether the train station should be at that East Side historic landmark or downtown, state…

The prospects of Canalside as the site of Buffalo's new train station have considerably dimmed. That possibility was just one of several major developments Thursday in the increasingly intense public debate over where Buffalo's new train station should go. No decision has been made yet in the matter, but one is expected in late April. In addition: Rep. Brian…

WASHINGTON – President Trump wants to get a head start on the massive spending cuts he proposed for 2018 – and just like in that budget proposal, Trump's immediate funding reductions would be aimed in part at a host of programs that benefit Western New York. Great Lakes funding, community development aid and the transit program that returned cars to Main Street in d…

WASHINGTON – Two Senate Democrats Wednesday asked the U.S. attorney general to guarantee that any investigation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will continue despite President Trump's firing of Preet Bharara, the New York U.S. attorney who was reported to be leading the probe. ProPublica reported earlier this month that Bharara's office had been inve…