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 BoxerBarbara BoxerCalif. Dem missed votes, sit-in on trip to Spain Hispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 Dems who sat out the sit-in offer array of reasons MORE (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 ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal The Trail 2016: 11 hours, 800 pages, 0 changed minds Senate faces critical vote on Puerto Rico MORE (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.