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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.


Sen. Bob Packwood of Oregon spent $917,782 on his campaign last year -- even though he wasn't up for re-election.Sen. Robert Kasten of Wisconsin and Sen. Alfonse D'Amato of New York didn't have to run in 1990. But Kasten spent $749,449, and D'Amato spent $668,950.That's more money than was spent by 10 of the 31 candidates who tried to unseat incumbent senators last Novemb…

No fig leaf could hide the capital's most embarrassing quid pro quo: that this city is the mother of all cliches.You read the newspapers, so you probably know this already. You know that Iraq had no fig leaf for its disruption of the new world order, and that Iraq then met America with a total stiff-arm, prompting the last best chance for peace, Operation Desert Storm and…

Buffalo made its pitch for major league baseball this afternoon, after the nation's capital welcomed the National League Expansion Committee this morning, promoting the area as the largest in the nation without a big-league team.Speaking at an early afternoon news conference, committee Chairman Douglas Danforth stressed that the group had not yet made any judgments abou…

With Congress in an uproar over federal wetlands policy, a subcommittee headed by Rep. Henry J. Nowak began work Thursday on a new Clean Water Act that will attempt to tackle the wetlands issue and countless other environmental problems.Nowak, D-Buffalo, chairman of the House Water Resources Subcommittee, said he hopes to draw up a comprehensive bill aimed at correcting …

General Motors, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. and other Western New York employers will have to abandon policies aimed at protecting women of child-bearing age and their fetuses because the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously has found such rules discriminatory.At least 15 large companies nationwide have policies similar to the one that the Supreme Court struck down Wednesday.…

Albert Mokhiber is mad, very mad, but he couldn't be nicer about it.On this particular Tuesday night, the 32-year-old Niagara Falls native is happily and gently telling a group of black journalists the reason for his anger.For one thing, there's Shiite toilet paper, a wartime souvenir being marketed in Washington. "Think about it," says Mokhiber, president of the American-…

Details about the shooting death of Army Lt. Kathleen Marie Sherry might not be known for another two months, Army officials said Friday.Maj. Joseph Padilla, an Army spokesman in Washington, said the Army's casualty report indi-cates Lt. Sherry, 23, was found dead Tuesday afternoon in an unspecified area in Kuwait.The casualty report did not state who discovered the body …

The end of the Persian Gulf war means new hope for Terry Anderson and five other American hostages in Lebanon, Anderson's sister said Friday.At a ceremony marking the end of her brother's sixth year in captivity, Peggy Say said she was more optimistic than ever that Anderson, 43, a Batavia native who served as Beirut bureau chief for the Associated Press, will be freed soo…

The Army's Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the fatal shooting of Lt. Kathleen Marie Sherry, who died while on assignment in Kuwait.An Army spokesman confirmed the investigation this afternoon but said no further details were available regarding the circumstances the death of the Town of Tonawanda native.Shari Lawrence, an Army spokeswoman, said that the inv…

The worse the war went for the Iraqis, the worse it got for prisoners of war, including Maj. Rhonda L. Cornum.Iraqi captors never beat Maj. Cornum, according to her brother, but they did jostle her about, grabbing her two broken arms as if they were fully healthy."The Iraqis weren't too pleased with how the war was turning out, so they took it out on the prisoners," Donald…

Army Maj. Rhonda L. Scott Cornum broke her hand and two arms bracing for a helicopter crash landing in Iraq, her doctor said today, adding she received adequate medical care from the Iraqis.The medical outlook for Maj. Cornum and four other returning American prisoners of war held at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here are good, Col. Russ Zajtchuk, deputy commander at W…

The head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency pledged Thursday to fix federal wetlands regulations that have stymied development in Western New York and nationwide.But several congressmen -- saying they do not trust federal agencies to do the job -- introduced a bill Thursday that would correct regulatory oddities that have resulted in farms, forests and parts …

Local members of the House and Sen. Alfonse D'Amato agreed that President Bush's speech to Congress Wednesday night was an emotional moment and said they are pleased the president acknowledged that peace in the Middle East is not yet won.Rep. Henry J. Nowak, D-Buffalo, said: "When the president talked about the continuing problem and a permanent solution to the Arab-Isr…

The Senate Ethics Committee this week had good news not only for four-fifths of the infamous "Keating Five," but also for Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y.That's the conclusion citizen advocates and ethics experts alike reached Thursday, a day after the committee said that only one of the five senators it investigated had violated ethical standards in dealings with savings and …

A long-troubled federal farm loan program lost another $3.1 billion last year, prompting the Bush administration Wednesday to ask Congress for tough new lending guidelines.The Farmers Home Administration, which has lost more than $40 billion since its inception 56 years ago, wrote off $3.1 billion in bad loans in fiscal 1990, said LaVerne Ausman, the agency's administrat…