Broun's language would have instructed House conferees to insist on spending about $37.5 billion in 2013 on highway funds, in negotiations with a Senate that is looking to spend $109 billion over two years. The motion was opposed by many business groups who saw that reduction as too drastic.

In debate late Thursday night, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) accused Broun of hating America for proposing such a low level of highway spending.

The House and Senate are still negotiating a long-term compromise bill, but House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorChamber of Commerce overhauls lobbying operation Laura Ingraham under consideration for White House press secretary VA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat MORE (R-Va.) hinted last week that conferees might not meet the June 30 deadline, when federal highway program authorization expires.