Sen. John Cornyn suggests in a Houston Chronicle op-ed that it "may be necessary to partially shut down the government in order to secure the long-term fiscal well-being of our country" in the next round of budget negotiations "rather than plod along the path of Greece, Italy and Spain."
The Texas Republican, who voted for the fiscal cliff deal, accused the White House of dragging out negotiations on important deadlines.
"In every instance, the looming deadline for action has been obvious," wrote Cornyn, the Republican Senate whip. "And in every instance, the White House has purposefully slow-walked the process in a shameless attempt to score cheap political points."
Cornyn, who many expect could face a primary challenge in 2014 from a more conservative member of his party, explained that he voted for the cliff legislation to prevent taxes from going up on all income brackets.
"I don't believe Washington needs more money; I believe Texans should keep more of their hard-earned dollars, which is why I voted for the act," Cornyn wrote. "This bill, while admittedly not perfect, makes tax cuts permanent for nearly all Texans."
Via The Houston Chronicle.