Cornyn’s comment came after the Senate voted for a third time to reject House Republicans’ conditions on a continued resolution (CR) to fund the government.
Democrats and Republicans have been blaming each other since the government shutdown. Cornyn said he thinks President Obama was politically motivated to allow a shutdown.
“The Majority Leader and President Obama really want a shutdown because they are reading polls that say this may benefit them politically,” Cornyn said. “A shutdown was not my first choice. I thought surely cooler heads would prevail.”
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Republicans blaming Democrats for the shutdown was something right out of "Alice in Wonderland" because they have compromised by accepting Republican's spending level.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Democrats said if the House would first pass a “clean” funding bill, then they would be willing to enter negotiations on a long-term measure.