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Jerry Zremski - Washington, DC

Jerry Zremski is The Buffalo News' Washington bureau chief. A News staffer since 1984, he won the David Lynch Memorial Reporting Award for regional coverage of Congress in 2017.


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WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disagrees with Rep. Brian Higgins' call for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump's actions, but she said Wednesday that she understands why he and other members of Congress are reversing course on the issue. "Every day, the president puts more ground forward that says he is obstructing justice, and that's what has affected …

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins Tuesday called on the House of Representatives to begin the process that could lead to the impeachment of President Trump, saying an impeachment inquiry is the best and quickest way to finish the investigation started by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. In an interview with The Buffalo News in which he was sharply critical of both Trump…

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WASHINGTON – “Fake news” is about to get faker than ever thanks to artificial intelligence, which now allows people to compose entirely made-up videos that show politicians saying things they never said. That’s the stark message that experts – including a former Defense Department official who now teaches at the University at Buffalo – brought to a House Intelligence Co…

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WASHINGTON – The International Joint Commission delayed the meeting it considered holding Wednesday to deal with flooding along Lake Ontario, but the panel hopes discuss the issue later this week. IJC spokesman Frank Bevacqua said all six commissioners are trying to schedule a meeting this week. The panel's American chair, former Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, said a day ea…

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WASHINGTON – Water is being pumped out of Lake Ontario at a record rate, but the new American chair of the International Joint Commission said Tuesday that the organization will explore the possibility of pushing water into the St. Lawrence Seaway at an even higher rate in hopes of alleviating lakeshore flooding. Jane Corwin, the former state assemblywoman who became th…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Brian Higgins on Tuesday launched a bipartisan push to add more than 1,800 officers at Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency that's been temporarily transferring agents from the northern border to the southern border to deal with a wave of asylum-seekers there. Higgins and Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican from Schuylerville, co-chair the H…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump late Friday called off his threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports after announcing the United States had reached a deal with Mexico over the southern border. Trump, in a brief post to Twitter, said the tariffs were “indefinitely suspended” after the U.S. reached a deal he said would “reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from…

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WASHINGTON – An ethics bill passed three months ago by the House, which in part aims to prevent scandals like the one enveloping Rep. Chris Collins, is going nowhere in the Senate. That's just what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants, but Democrats aren't happy about it. “Months ago, the House passed HR 1, a critical package of reforms that removes barriers …

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WASHINGTON — She was the first Democratic presidential candidate to offer a 100-day plan for boosting families, the first to offer a comprehensive abortion rights plan, the first to release her tax returns, the first to swear off using hacked information in her campaign, and one of the few to propose giving voters money to spend on the candidates of their choice. None o…

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WASHINGTON – Dozens of customs officers from Buffalo and the rest of upstate New York will continue to be transferred to the southern border through the first two months of the summer travel season, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in documents obtained by The Buffalo News Thursday. The documents outlined four additional transfers of personnel in June and July to…

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WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Tuesday that he will oppose the nomination of Peter M. Vito as U.S. marshal for Western New York, a move that could kill the Buffalo private investigator's bid for Senate confirmation. Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican, pushed for Vito's nomination even though it bucked a tradition by which the U.S. att…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins' next re-election campaign sprang to life Tuesday in the form of a fundraising email that attacks a fellow Republican and 2020 challenger – State Sen. Chris Jacobs of Buffalo – as a "Never-Trumper." "President Trump deserves a real ally in the House who will fight alongside him through it all – not just when it makes sense politically," s…

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins' lawyers don't want jurors to see a memo from his staff discussing legislation that could affect Innate Immunotherapeutics, the Australian biotech firm that's at the center of the criminal insider trading case against the Republican lawmaker from Clarence. Mention of that memo at a court hearing earlier this month hearkened back to one of…

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Here are bills introduced by Chris Collins that could have impacted firms like Innate Immunotherapeutics. • The 340B Protection and Accountability Act of 2019: Introduced on March 6 of this year, this bill would overhaul a government program that offers discount drugs to hospitals and clinics that serve large numbers of poor people. The bill called for fees on the medic…

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Thursday unanimously confirmed former Assemblywoman Jane L. Corwin as the U.S. section chair of the International Joint Commission, making a Western New Yorker the most powerful American voice on the agency that regulates water levels on the Great Lakes. President Trump nominated Corwin to the slot last August on the recommendation of Rep. C…