"The point this amendment makes is a pretty simple but a basic and important one,” said Vitter from the floor on Thursday. “We don't have a concurrent budget resolution for fiscal year 2012. We're in the process of passing an appropriation bill with this bill, spending money without a budget, without a game plan, without a framework.”

"That's clearly putting the cart before the horse, and clearly having things backwards in a dysfunctional process," Vitter said.

The legislation in question is H.R. 2055, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (VA) and Related Agencies appropriations bill. It would increase funding for the VA by 5.8 percent and cut military construction spending by $2.6 billion to reflect anticipated base closures and realignments.