House Republicans are considering cutting infrastructure spending, a move that has drawn the ire of both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO.
The Chamber and the AFL-CIO — groups traditionally on different sides of the aisle on major issues — are so outraged that they’re considering joining together to oppose any cuts in infrastructure spending, reports the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent.
For over a decade, highway spending has been protected from the cuts that other domestic spending is subject to, regardless of whether the federal gas tax is providing the expected amount of revenue or not. Since 2008, Congress has spent $35 billion of revenue not generated by the gas tax on transportation-related projects.
So while House Republicans have not announced any specific cuts — or that they will even definitely cut infrastructure funding — the fact that they are willing to consider it is enough to make two very influential organizations livid.