Tax problems for Americans residing abroad are not recent. Already back in 1978, a study was conducted on the problems of US taxation abroad.
Comptroller General's Report To The Congress (February 1981)
"American Employment Abroad, Discouraged By U.S. Income Tax Laws" (3.5 Meg)
Letter to the President's Export Council (1979)
GAO 1978 Report "Impact on Trade of Changes in Taxation of U.S. Citizens Employed Overseas"