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June 2017

Tax reform, Obamacare repeal and replace still face uphill battles...

The White House is predicting passage this year of both a major tax reform bill and legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. But the legislative calendar and political realities raise questions as to whether either of these major Trump initiatives will be enacted by the end of the year.

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Trump falls far behind in filling key government positions...

President Trump has so far failed to fill hundreds of top government positions, from important policy-making positions throughout his cabinet departments and agencies to openings on short-handed regulatory commissions to ambassadors who represent United States interests around the world.

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Why Trump is so far behind in filling out his team...

President Trump has had more difficulty filling key leadership positions in the government than any president in more than 30 years. Why?

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Trump budget would impose new rules for employers...

Three proposals that would change employment law with regard to immigration were included in the presidentís massive budget plan for fiscal 2018.

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Ivanka Trumpís plan for paid parental leave is included in the 2018 budget...

President Trumpís fiscal 2018 budget would make all employees eligible for up to six weeks of paid parental leave by 2020.

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EPA chief Scott Pruitt assumes leading role in the Trump administration...

President Trumpís decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord has thrust Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), into a prominent role within the Trump administration.

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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.