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June 2013

A new federal chemical safety law appears likely…

A decades-long standoff between Republicans and Democrats ended with a bipartisan compromise to update and reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. Read more >>

New workplace chemical safety rules are coming in…

Starting December 1, all U.S. workers who come into contact with chemicals will have to be trained on potential hazards.

Capped truck driver hours could increase shipping costs…

Commercial trucking companies face new federal rules that could cap work hours and require more breaks for commercial drivers. Read more >>

Recess appointments overturned by a second federal court…

New developments in the ongoing battle over President Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB & the legality of decisions issued by the board. Read more >>

Obamacare looms over congressional elections…

Just as it was a focus in 2010, Obamacare will be a central issue in the 2014 elections.


Powerful interests on both sides of the internet sales tax bill…

Big business interests continue to line up on both sides of a Senate-passed bill that would end tax-free online shopping. Read more >>

Less pressure for a deficit deal as the economy improves…

It appears unlikely that Congress will be forced to reach a long-term deficit reduction deal this year. Read more >>

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Gene Goldenberg has joined us in Washington, D.C., as a consultant on federal, legislative and public policy issues. Gene is an accomplished Washington professional with three decades of experience in business, government affairs, public relations and journalism.

Most recently, he has operated his own consulting business specializing in government affairs and business consulting for corporate and association clients. Prior to that, Gene served in senior management positions with Wolters Kluwer (CCH Tax and Accounting) and H&R Block, Inc. following an award-winning career as a Washington journalist with newspaper and magazine publishers.

In his corporate positions, Gene played a key role directing relations with numerous federal and state government agencies and twice has served as president of the leading association in the tax software and tax preparation industries. His many years managing business-to-business sales and marketing have given him a broad understanding of the problems and challenges facing small to medium sized companies.

His earlier journalism career included writing about Congress, the White House and numerous federal agencies for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper group as well as the Kiplinger Washington Letter and other business publications. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.