"This is designed for us to set an example by cutting our own budget and not just asking other people to tighten their belts," said Nelson on the Senate floor. "Congress shouldn’t be exempt from the pain."

Sen. Roger WickerRoger WickerOvernight Defense: GOP chairman moves ahead with 0B defense bill | Lawmakers eye 355 ship navy | Senate panel seeks answers on shoot down of Syrian jet Lawmakers unveil bill to set 355-ship Navy Overnight Tech: Uber CEO resigns | Trump's Iowa tech trip | Dems push Sessions to block AT&T-Time Warner deal | Lawmakers warned on threat to election systems | MORE (R-Miss.) agreed that cutting 5 percent would be a "small but symbolic step."

Nelson's amendment is one of several that have been tacked on to the Small Business Administration authorization bill have nothing to do with the underlying legislation.