Bills dealing with air-pollution regulation have met different fates in the House and Senate. The Republican-controlled House on April 7 passed a bill to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from moving ahead with greenhouse-gas rules. But in the Senate, where Democrats have a majority, four air-pollution-related measures, including one identical to the House-passed bill, on April 6 failed to win the 60 votes needed to advance.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.