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January 2017


Repealing Obamacare will be easier said than done...

President-elect Trump and congressional Republicans have made clear that repealing the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—remains the top priority of the new administration.


Congress moves to repeal last-minute Obama regulations with one vote...

The new Congress is moving to enact legislation that would allow lawmakers to repeal as many as 11 “midnight” regulations finalized toward the end of the Obama administration with a single vote.


House Republicans move to target individual federal employees...

In a little noticed action during the first days of the new Congress, the House voted to give Congress power to slash the pay of or fire any federal employee, a move that would effectively override the civil service rules that now protect federal works from political influence.


Lawmakers push to bring back pork-barrel spending...

Even as President-elect Donald Trump pushes to “drain the swamp” in Washington, some lawmakers are trying to reinstate “earmarks”—line-item authorizations for billions of dollars in spending in specific congressional districts or states.


Senate will move quickly to confirm Trump’s cabinet...

Despite demands from Democrats to delay hearings until President-elect Trump’s Cabinet picks are thoroughly vetted, Senate leaders will move ahead quickly to confirm those appointees.


Many of Obama’s “executive” actions won’t be that easy to rescind...

Much has been written about how easy it will be for President-elect Donald Trump to rescind any of the executive actions taken by President Barack Obama during his eight years in the White House.



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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.