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July 2014

Supreme Court extends religious freedoms to closely held corporations…

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closely held corporations can stand on religious objections to avoid providing birth control as part of workers’ health plans—a decision which the dissenting justices said could open the door to businesses opting out of any number of federal laws on religious grounds.. Read more >>

Congressional Republicans grow less comfortable with business groups…

The growing influence of tea party activists is pushing Republicans in Congress away from lock-step support for positions advocated by major business groups.  The rifts are small right now but raise danger signals for some long-standing alliances on key issues. Read more >>

Supreme Court decision on recess appointments has something for everyone…

The unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that President Obama overstepped his authority by making presidential appointments during a brief Senate recess is far from a defining moment in constitutional history. Read more >>

Expect fireworks with the first round of Obamacare renewals…

Health industry executives have widely predicted that health insurance fees for policies issued under Obamacare will likely be higher for renewals at the end of this year.  Read more >>

Business groups will seek piecemeal actions on worker immigration issues…

House Republicans have told House Speaker John Boehner that broad immigration legislation is off the table in this Congress. Read more >>

Highway funding—and thousands of construction jobs—will be extended…

The often-discussed partisanship that marks the current Congress won't go away and is expected to become more intense as we move through the summer. 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.