Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said a hiring freeze wouldn't solve the budget problems at federal agencies and would be “one more blow to a battered civil service.”
In regard to the travel specialist, she said employees at the Health and Human Services have to travel and that booking flights now is like trading commodities.
“Should (HHS Secretary Kathleen) Sebelius be doing that on her own?” Mikulski said. “I don't think so.”
Coburn and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, authored several amendments to the spending bill, which will give the Department of Defense and a handful of other federal departments more flexibility in dealing with the spending cuts; however, Senate action stalled for much of Thursday as they waited to offer them.