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September 2013

No one wins when Congress battles over federal spending & debt…

Whether the Democrats or Republicans are in charge, research shows that voters are ready and willing to blame everyone involved when the politicians fight over raising the federal debt.

Government issues long-awaited federal rules on sillica dust…

Federal regulators have finally announced proposed new rules to limit workplace exposure to sillica dust, which has long been known to cause lung diseases and cancer to workers in mining.

Ethanol battle continues despite EPA waiver of some bio-fuel rules…

The oil industry's push to repeal federal bio-fuel requirements will continue in Congress despite a move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to lower the level of renewable fuel use required next year.

President Obama caught in the middle over proposed federal fracking regulations…

The ongoing battle over regulation of hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—on federal lands has President Obama between a rock and a hard place. Read more >>

Federal court upholds NLRB ruling on "micro-unions"…

Labor experts are warning that employers should be prepared for a growing number of "micro-unions" in the wake of a federal appeals court ruling.

Is your company's health insurance "affordable" under Obamacare?

Even though the requirement that larger businesses offer health insurance to their employees has been delayed a year, it's still in the interest of every employer to determine whether the insurance they do offer complies with Obamacare rules on "affordability."Read more >>

New federal chemical and energy rules could be in jeopardy…

A few weeks ago, it appeared that bi-partisan proposals to revise the badly outdated federal chemical safety law & to impose new energy-efficiency rules for building and manufacturing were moving toward approval in Congress.


Syria, Obamacare, federal spending & the debt ceiling converge on Washington…

Just as it appeared there was a chance for a bit of bipartisan cooperation in Washington, President Obama's decision to ask Congress for authority to attack Syria has clouded the outlook for a compromise that will be needed to avoid the next fiscal cliff.

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Gene Goldenberg

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.