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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.

BERRYVILLE, Va. — Congressional Democrats Monday began outlining a new agenda for the Trump era, and it showed the nation's most powerful Democrat — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer — embracing progressive economics first and foremost over the middle-of-the-road appeals he once favored. A decade after writing a book in which Schumer suggested that Democra…

WASHINGTON – The Families of Continental Flight 3407 appear to be winning their latest battle to preserve the aviation safety measures they pushed into law seven years ago. They did it, in part, by enlisting the help of the two pilots from "Miracle on the Hudson" – and by relying on the strong support of New York's two U.S. senators, both Democrats. The latest ba…

WASHINGTON -- A day after Rep. Chris Collins was heard off the House floor discussing the possible sale of  an Australian biotech stock, the company issued a news released further  confirming its experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis had failed in clinical trials. Collins' conversation and the  strongly worded news release from Innate Immunotherapeutics promp…

WASHINGTON – Now that Senate Republicans have failed in their attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare and cut Medicaid, House Republicans are pushing a budget that aims to do all that and then some. Their budget proposal partially privatizes Medicare and deeply cuts social programs such as food stamps. While it is a nonbinding guide for future congressional action,…

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Collins — who is facing an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation into his investment in an obscure Australian biotech firm — walked off the House floor late Wednesday afternoon, cellphone in hand, apparently talking about yet another stock trade involving that same company. Reporters who overheard him said it appeared he was discussi…

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Collins finally has a Democratic opponent, and if resumes win votes, she could be a serious challenger. Erin Cole of Lockport, an Army veteran who has worked all over the world as well as in trade development in Washington and Western New York, told The Buffalo News on Tuesday she's planning to challenge Collins, a Republican from Clarence, in …

WASHINGTON – To hear New York health care experts tell it, the Republican senators' new plan to replace Obamacare is the legislative equivalent of a grave pre-existing medical condition, made worse through a haphazard quack treatment. They say the bill is largely a status quo measure that preserves the quadruple whammy that could cost the state billion dollars more pe…

WASHINGTON – East Aurora political consultant Michael R. Caputo told the House Intelligence Committee Friday he had no contacts with the Russian government before, during or after working for President Donald Trump's campaign in 2015 and 2016. "From the day President Trump announced his candidacy until Inauguration Day, to my knowledge I never spoke about his campaign…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins said Wednesday that he has teamed with a colleague to introduce legislation that aims to prevent Congress from doing just what the House did when it passed a Republican health care bill in May: approving major legislation without first seeing a full analysis of its potential impact. Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, and Rep. Pramila Jayapal,…

WASHINGTON - Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Wednesday called for additional federal infrastructure funding to protect the Niagara Power Project and other New York energy facilities from cyber attacks. “The reality is our nation’s infrastructure is far too vulnerable to hackers and we must armor ourselves against this growing threat,” said Schumer, D-N.Y…

Nicholas Alan Warden's passion for fighting for American freedom took root the day terrorists knocked down New York City's Twin Towers. He lived that passion until he died in a fight against ISIS on Friday, from wounds he incurred in Syria, hundreds of miles from his baby daughter in France and thousands of miles from his hometown, Depew. Warden died as a volunteer f…

WASHINGTON -- Michael R. Caputo – the East Aurora political consultant who worked on Donald Trump's presidential campaign – on Tuesday dismissed Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last year with a Kremlin-connected lawyer as an innocent political error. But local members of Congress -- including Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence – didn't offer any such excuses for the younge…

WASHINGTON – It  must seem familiar to New Yorkers of a certain age. Increasingly, their governor talks not just like a governor, but like a president, in phrases that range from the partisan to the poetic. Proof came last month, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took to a convention center stage in New York with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at his side, vowing to try …

WASHINGTON – New York's two U.S. senators Friday urged the new head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to speed up any assistance it can provide to flood-ravaged communities along Lake Ontario. The federal government has not yet declared the Lake Ontario shoreline a federal disaster area, which would open the door to federal aid, and state officials haven't ev…