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Jerry Zremski

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.


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WASHINGTON — The short-term spending bill to end the government shutdown divided Democrats in the House, too. Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo voted against the measure Monday, saying it was wrong for Congress to pass one short-term spending bill after another and to tie issues such as the Dreamers – young illegal immigrants brought to America by their parents – to legisla…

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WASHINGTON — For Democrats, Monday's Senate vote to end the three-day government shutdown pitted moderates against liberals, nervous incumbents against potential presidents, and New York's two U.S. senators against each other. And that last disagreement – between Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand – perfectly illustrated the fix the…

Buffalo

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Brian Higgins missed six procedural House votes amid the government shutdown Saturday for events back home, and Republicans won't let him forget it. All of the votes were routine and had no impact on the shutdown or any legislation, and more than two dozen other lawmakers -- including several Republicans -- missed the same votes. But Higgins' absen…

Business

Buffalo's influx of refugees dwindled to its lowest level in a decade last year, as the Trump administration's myriad efforts to crack down on immigration took a toll on a trend that's helped to prop up the city's population in recent years. Some 680 outcasts from around the world came directly to Buffalo to begin their new lives in 2017, according to State Department d…

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WASHINGTON – Life under a government shutdown will look much like life every other day – unless you work for the federal government. That's the bottom line the Trump administration announced Friday, as lawmakers and the president continued to dicker over a plan to fund the government and meet Democratic demands to deal with a key immigration issue at the same time. U…

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WASHINGTON – Thousands of abortion opponents from around the country traveled to the nation's capital Friday for the annual March for Life, and many said they did so with mixed feelings of hope and trepidation – all because of President Trump. Attendees from Buffalo praised Trump for his appointments of a conservative Supreme Court justice, Neil Gorsuch, as well as othe…

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WASHINGTON – Western New York's two Republican House members Tuesday announced separate efforts to address a pressing issue facing their largely rural districts: the lack of readily accessible and affordable high-speed internet service. Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence introduced a bill that would create a national registry of communications infrastructure that would be a…

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Rep. Chris Collins told a national television audience Tuesday that President Trump is not a racist. He said the senators who said that Trump identified Haiti and African nations as "(expletive deleted) countries" should be ashamed of themselves for publicizing the details of a private White House meeting on immigration issues. Collins – a Clarence Republican and one…

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WASHINGTON –- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday asked the Internal Revenue Service to give a break to all New York taxpayers who paid their 2018 property taxes early in order to ease the pain of the coming limits to the state and local tax deduction. A tax code overhaul passed by Republicans in Congress will limit that deduction to the first $10,000 of…

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WASHINGTON – People inundated the offices of Rep. Brian Higgins in recent weeks with complaints about a First-World problem: a federal agency's decision to end "net neutrality," an Obama-era policy aimed at forcing internet service providers to allow the same access to all websites without playing favorites. Meantime, in poorer parts of Buffalo and rural swaths of Erie …

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What is net neutrality? It is the concept that Internet service providers should treat all content the same – that they should not block particular websites or structure their rates to favor one kind of content over another. Also called "the open Internet," this vision of the web would prevent Comcast from offering a cheap Internet package with content from NBC – which Com…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins says that he came away from a recent conversation with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao feeling confident that her department won't try to tamper with a key but controversial aviation safety regulation stemming from the 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence. Collins spent about 20 minutes on the phone earlier th…

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WASHINGTON — Reps. Brian Higgins of Buffalo and Elise Stefanik of Essex County are teaming up to oppose a U.S. Department of Commerce effort to impose tariffs on Canadian newsprint. “The proposed duties would cause undue burden, destabilizing the industry, forcing increases in subscription rates for consumers and reducing jobs in an area already stretched thin,” said Hi…

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WASHINGTON — Opioid deaths increased slightly in Erie County last year, part of a continuing nationwide trend that Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer hopes to stem by insisting on more federal funding to combat the epidemic in a spending bill that must be finalized by the end of next week. An estimated 316 people died of opioid overdoses in Erie County last year,…

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WASHINGTON – Two downstate House members have launched a bipartisan effort to fully restore the deductability of state and local taxes, a long-shot effort that nevertheless ramps up the political pressure on Republican lawmakers who supported the recently passed GOP tax overhaul – including Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence and Rep. Tom Reed of Corning. Rep. Pete King, a L…