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November 2014

Polarization and paralysis won’t end with Republican control of Congress...

Although Republicans now have solid control of the Congress, don’t expect an end to the partisanship and paralysis that have marked Washington the past few years. Read more >>

Tax reform—everyone wants it but no one can agree what it should be...

There is pent up demand in both parties to reform the tax structure, particularly as it affects business. Both the House Ways and Means Committee, which will be chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, and the Senate Finance Committee, with its new chairman Oren Hatch, R-UT, spent the better part of the last two years working on plans to lower the top corporate rate while eliminating most tax preferences. Read more >>

Immigration reform continues to be a polarizing issue...

Once again, changes in the immigration laws are high on the agenda of both parties.  But there’s little agreement on what needs to be done. Read more >>

Republicans will chip away at Obamacare, but it won’t be repealed...

When it comes to health care, two things are certain: Both the House and Senate will vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act—known as Obamacare. And neither the House nor the Senate will achieve the two-thirds majority necessary to override President Obama’s veto of that legislation. Read more >>

Energy and environmental regulations will be in the Republican cross hairs...

The new Republican majority in Congress will zero in on efforts to repeal or weaken Obama administration environmental regulations, particularly the proposed rules on emissions from coal-fired power plants, expanded Clean Water Act rules and ozone air quality standards. Read more >>

Prospects for chemical safety reform improve with the change in leadership...

Efforts to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), could pick up steam in the new Congress when Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK, takes over as chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The current chair, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, has been instrumental in blocking a bipartisan TSCA reform sponsored by Sens. Tom Udall, D-NM, and David Vitter, R-LA. Read more >>

Banking and consumer finance regulations will come under fire...

Many Republicans in Congress are urging repeal of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was enacted four years ago without any Republican support. That law increased bank capital requirements, tightened bank regulation and created a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate consumer lending. Read more >>

First comes the Lame Duck session...

While the new Congress and its Republican majority in both the House and Senate begins in January, Congress will still have to return to Washington this month for a “lame duck” session. That’s because the federal government will run out of money on Dec. 11 unless the Congress extends the omnibus spending bill—known as a continuing resolution—beyond that date. 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.