We won't shut down the government, Republican senator says
© Greg Nash

Sen. Jim Thune (R-S.D.) vowed on Sunday that Republicans would not shut down the government in the next Congress.

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Thune said on "Fox News Sunday" that Republicans would use their budget power in order to fight back against President Obama's executive orders, which GOP lawmakers argue is an overreach of power.

"We're not going to shut the government down," Thune said. "We'll use power of the purse to challenge the president."

Meanwhile, Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerDeficit hawks voice worry over direction of tax plan The Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Tenn.) said on "Fox News Sunday" that "on bigger issues, we absolutely need him to be involved."

"We look forward to that opportunity," Corker said.

Republicans will have control of Congress when lawmakers return for the new session this week.