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 CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Congress should take the lead on reworking a successful Iran deal North Korea tensions ease ahead of Winter Olympics 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.