Related Links: Key House Vote Looms in September for U.S.-Russia Trade Bill U.S.-Russia Trade Bill On Fast Track to Passage A bill that would result in tariff cuts on U.S. construction-equipment exports to Russia is heading toward a Senate vote. The measure, which would establish permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia, cleared a hurdle on Nov. 16, when the House approved it on a 365-43 vote. In the Senate, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said he would work to get the bill through that chamber by late December.The measure has the support of groups such as the Association
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.