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.

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 CorkerBob CorkerSenate panel votes to confirm Tillerson Rubio to vote for Tillerson Top Dem comes out against Tillerson ahead of key vote 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.