U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was pleased Thursday following the S.16, a bill he co-sponsored with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to grant flexibility to the Office of Management and Budget for FY’13 sequestration cuts, received a bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate.

The Senate voted not to proceed to the bill by 38 to 62.

“I applaud my Democratic colleagues who stepped across the aisle today to vote for my bill despite a veto threat from the President,” said Inhofe. “My number one goal all along has been to avert defense cuts, but until we find that solution, we must at least give our military leaders the ability to mitigate the devastating impacts of these arbitrary across-the-board cuts. At the end of the day, my concern is for the men and women in uniform. Sen. Toomey and I have never considered this a partisan bill. I plan to build on the work we have done so far and will continue to reach out to my Democratic colleagues to join me in finding a solution that gives our military leaders the flexibility they have requested. This issue is too important to our country to play political games.”