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August 2013

Chances for immigration reform are improving…

The prospects for House passage of an immigration reform plan with broad consequences for businesses of all sizes are improving. Read more >>

Senate confirms five nominees to the NLRB, but cases are still in limbo…

As part of a deal to preserve Senate filibuster rules, the Senate approved all five members of the National Labor Relations Board appointed by President Obama.

The President's corporate tax reform plan…

While the White House provided few details on President Obama's proposal to reform corporate taxes, he outlined the plan as part of his 2012 re-election campaign.

Energy efficiency plan is a magnet for controversial amendments…

It's rare these days that any significant new legislation actually has a chance for passage in Congress, so it's no surprise when such legislation becomes a vehicle for proposals that could not stand on their own.

Here comes yet another fiscal crisis in Washington…

In the immortal words of the great philosopher, Yogi Berra, "it's like déjà vu all over again."

Compromise chemical safety law is being challenged…

A bipartisan compromise plan to update and reform the 37-year-old TSCA is being challenged by the chairman of hte Senate committee that has jurisdiction over the legislation. Read more >>

Delay of Obamacare business mandate will cost $12 billion next year…

According to the non-partisan CBO, the decision to delay the mandate for larger businesses to offer health insurance to their employees will lead to $12 billion in lost tax revenues & other costs next year.


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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.