Related Links: Text of spending bill and explanatory report, as introduced Bill summary from Senate Appropriations Committee A $1-trillion compromise spending package to fund federal agencies through Sept. 30 provides welcome increases over enacted 2013 levels for some construction programs but cuts others.The bill, which the appropriations committees' chairs—Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.)—released late on Jan. 13, won final congressional approval on Jan. 16 when the Senate passed it with a strong 72-26 vote. The House has approved the measure one day earlier, 359-67. The bill next goes to the White House for President Obama's expected
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.