Nelson seeking 5 percent in cuts from legislative branch

The legislative branch bill sets the level of spending across Capitol Hill for congressional members’ offices, the Government Accountability Office, the Congressional Budget Office, Architect of the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Capitol police and the Government Printing Office. 

"There will be cuts and while some will be painful, it’s important to lead by example," he said. 

In early January, Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Overnight Defense: States pull National Guard troops over family separation policy | Senators question pick for Afghan commander | US leaves UN Human Rights Council Senators question Afghanistan commander nominee on turning around 17-year war MORE (R-Miss.) led the charge for a 5 percent cut that could be used to reduced the deficit. 

"If we are going to solve our fiscal problems, we must start by demonstrating we are committed to reduce spending, so I am calling on all members of the Senate to cut their office budget by at least 5 percent," Wicker said when he introduced his resolution. "This is an important initial step that could save more than $20 million this year."

Congress didn't pass a fiscal year 2011 federal budget last year and, instead, approved a continuing resolution (CR) that is keeping the government running at fiscal 2010 levels. The CR is set to expire on March 4.

House Republicans have proposed a two-week CR that cuts $4 billion and expires March 18. 

The Senate is in talks with House leadership to work toward an agreement to keep the government funded for the next two weeks while lawmakers craft a bill for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) suggested a 30-day stopgap measure but that is still under construction.