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July 2017

Republicans focus on tax reform as Obamacare repeal efforts fade...

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress insist that whatever happens to health care reform, they will enact broad tax legislation this year. It’s easy to doubt them, given the current confusion and intra-party conflict surrounding healthcare legislation and the coming battles over raising the debt ceiling and funding the government, all of which could easily push any tax law changes into next year.


Behind the headlines, Trump team is busy reversing Obama labor rules...

While all the media attention is focused on health care, tax reform and the “Russia” investigation, the Trump administration is quietly reversing scores of Obama-era labor rules and regulations. The impact on business and industry could be broad and significant.


EPA moves quickly to kill major Obama-era regulations...

Under the leadership of Administrator Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been aggressively moving to revise or reverse major Obama administration rules on everything from carbon emissions to silica in the workplace to the definition of what “waters” are subject to federal clean water regulations.


Trump administration reverses government’s position on mandatory arbitration...

Reversing the position taken by the Obama administration, the Trump Justice Department has told the U.S. Supreme Court that employment agreements prohibiting workers from participating in class action lawsuits are acceptable under federal law.


Trump moves to shift the balance at the NLRB...

President Trump has finally moved to fill two key vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), restoring a Republican majority that promises to reverse eight years of pro-labor Board decisions during the Obama administration.


Will Congress face another government shutdown crisis?

While the Congressional Budget Office says that the Treasury could probably go until late October before it would run out of money to pay the government’s debts, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wants Congress to raise the debt ceiling by August 1 to avoid the prospect of a government shutdown.



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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.