No. 2 Senate Republican: We weren't elected to shut down government
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays Senate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border MORE (R-Texas) on Tuesday seemed to take a veiled shot at President Trump's call for a "good shutdown" of the government. 

"Our voters, the people who elected Republican majorities in both Houses and elected this president, did not vote for us in order to shut down the government. They voted for us to govern, as hard as it is," Cornyn said from the Senate floor. 
 
Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, didn't specifically address Trump's tweet calling for "a good 'shutdown' in September." 
 
Asked specifically about Trump's comments after his speech, the Texas Republican said there had been pro-shutdown comments "from a number of people, from a number of sources." 
 
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Cornyn added during his speech that a shutdown is "basically an abdication of responsibility, particularly if you're in the majority" as Republicans are in both the House and Senate. 
 
"We were elected to govern. Yes, governing is hard. It's hard by design. ... But that's the way our founding fathers designed our constitutional system," he said. 
 
Trump has signaled that he thinks he could have gotten a better deal on the budget if he didn't have to negotiate with Democrats. Lawmakers and the White House will face another government funding deadline at the end of September.
 
Trump tweeted Tuesday morning that the "reason for the plan" was because Senate rules require 60 votes to end a legislative filibuster. The GOP has a 52-vote majority in the chamber.
 
Trump added in a separate interview with CBS over the weekend that "in many cases, you're forced to make deals that are not the deal you'd make. You'd make a much different kind of a deal." 
 
 
Asked if he thought Trump's rhetoric is "kneecapping" Republican accomplishments in Congress, Cornyn demurred, telling reporters "it's a free country. He's entitled to express his views, as are we."
 
He added he hoped Congress passed the government funding bill but "that's not synonymous with saying I like everything in the bill, but a piece of legislation is inherently a compromise."