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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 – Many Buffalo-area medical practices will receive a big financial boost – and patients likely will get easier access to health care – thanks to the region's selection for a new Medicare pilot program that eventually could help cure the area's physician shortage. Insurance executives who pushed for the program said Wednesday that the pilot program is li…

WASHINGTON – Michael R. Caputo will have to speak to the House Intelligence Committee in its investigation of Russian influence in last year's presidential election, but initial indications are that he will not be testifying in public. The committee is interested in talking to Caputo because he worked for the Donald Trump presidential campaign from November 2015 thro…

WASHINGTON – The committee charged with electing more Democrats to the House this week once again named Rep. Tom Reed as one of its top targets. And  a Democratic candidate has emerged to oppose Reed. Rick Gallant, a longtime teacher and union activist from the Corning area, announced that he will challenge Reed next year in New York's 23rd Congressional District,…

Gayle Meyers doesn't fit the stereotype of a poor person, but the developmentally disabled woman from Buffalo has lived for years on Social Security disability payments, with Medicaid to take care of her health needs. In other words, she's lived her adult life with the aid of programs that President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget, released Tuesday, would cut. "I would no…

WASHINGTON – Buffalo-area political consultant Michael R. Caputo wants to testify publicly before a House committee that asked to interview him privately about his involvement in the Donald Trump campaign and Russian interference in last year's presidential election. A source told The Buffalo News on Monday that Caputo wants to appear in public before the House Intell…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins may be more well-known for fighting for Buffalo's waterfront and Central Terminal than he is for fighting over major national issues such as health care reform, but that seems to be changing. Higgins, D-Buffalo, has been increasingly raising his voice on national issues. He proved it last week when he took the lead in decrying the fact …

WASHINGTON – Two days after news broke that congressional investigators are looking into Rep. Chris Collins' biotech stock purchases, the Clarence Republican sat down with pharmaceutical lobbyists Thursday over lunch at Fiola, a swanky Italian restaurant a half-mile from the Capitol. The cost of admission: a campaign contribution of anywhere from $500 to $2,500. It…

WASHINGTON – A medical research consortium based at the University of Buffalo has seen a key federal funding stream cut by 10 percent, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is fighting to get the funding restored. In anticipation of budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration, the National Institutes of Health cut a grant to UB's Clinical and Translationa…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins emerged from the House chamber Wednesday evening after voting on a series of routine measures when two more political earthquakes hit the Capitol. While lawmakers voted, the Justice Department appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel in charge of the investigation of Russia's meddling in last year's election and a…

WASHINGTON – You might think members of Congress would take it as a warning if they saw a fellow lawmaker – Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence – lambasted by good-government types after he passed on to a colleague a hot stock tip about an obscure Australian biotech firm. But no. Instead, four other Republican lawmakers bought stock in the same company amid the contro…

WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins told CNN that he didn't read the entire Republican health care bill that the House passed Thursday. And then he told The Buffalo News that he was unaware of a key provision in the bill that decimates a health plan that serves 635,000 New Yorkers. Asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if he had read the entire health bill, Collins, R-Clarence, …

WASHINGTON – The health care bill that House Republicans passed Thursday could cost New York State about $7 billion a year – while leaving untold thousands of state residents uninsured. That's a consensus health experts reached in a deep dive into the complex legislation, which not only aims to cut Medicaid and other key health programs important to the state, but …

WASHINGTON -- President Trump didn't get the border wall or the budget cuts he wanted in a congressional spending deal that instead preserved funding for home heating aid, the Great Lakes, community development, medical research and a host of other programs important to the Buffalo area. The bill, which will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept…

They lie in rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery, a father and a son, a storyteller and a soldier, both legends of the Civil War's most legendary battle. Now, though, the story of Sam Wilkeson and his son Bayard's death at Gettysburg has been told in more detail than ever before – all because a Washington reporter between jobs decided to tell it. That reporter, Chuck Raasc…

WASHINGTON – President Trump is vowing to make the tax code simpler – but historic preservationists and developers in Buffalo fear he will go so far as to wipe out the federal tax credits that have been a central part of the city's revival. Federal historic preservation tax credits have been used to help finance 65 major development projects in the Buffalo area over…