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Sen. John Cornyn: ‘We Will Raise the Debt Ceiling’

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John Cornyn is one of a number of Republicans who have suggested that a partial government shutdown might be necessary in the coming months as Republicans and Democrats spar over a trio of deadlines -- the debt ceiling, funding the government and dealing with automatic spending cuts.

But in an interview with the editorial board of the Houston Chronicle, Cornyn said the debt ceiling, at least, would be raised.

“We will raise the debt ceiling.  We’re not going to default on our debt,” Cornyn told the Houston Chronicle editorial board.  “I will tell you unequivocally, we’re not going to default.”

Earlier this month, in the same paper, Cornyn pointed in an op-ed column to the trio of pending deadlines, including the debt ceiling, and suggested that a partial government shutdown might be in order to bring Washington spending in line.

“The coming deadlines will be the next flashpoints in our ongoing fight to bring fiscal sanity to Washington.  It may be necessary to partially shut down the government in order to secure the long-term fiscal well being of our country, rather than plod along the path of Greece, Italy and Spain,” Cornyn wrote on Jan. 4.

The Chronicle apparently asked Cornyn if his statement Thursday represented a change of position and the senator said the op-ed was a negotiating tactic.

“You sometimes try to inject a little doubt in your negotiating partner about where you’re going to go, but I would tell you unequivocally that we’re not going to default,” he told the paper.

House lawmakers, chiefly Rep. Paul Ryan, the Budget Committee chairman and 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, have suggested a short-term raising of the debt ceiling.

President Obama has repeated over and over that he will not negotiate with Republicans on the issue of the debt ceiling.

“While I’m willing to compromise and find common ground over how to reduce our deficits, America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up,” Obama said at a Jan. 14 White House news conference.

“We are not a deadbeat nation,” he said.  “The consequences of us not paying our bills would be disastrous.”

Lawmakers have until the end of February to raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt limit.  Whether or not that occurs in tandem with efforts to fund the government and avert the spending cuts remains to be seen.

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GOP Weekly Address: Sen. Cornyn Cautions Against 'Taxmageddon'

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Texas Sen. John Cornyn warns Americans of 'Taxmageddon' -- or what the GOP says will be the "largest tax increase in American history" without action by Congress and the president.

"Make no mistake: every single working American will see his or her taxes go up on January 1st absent action," Cornyn says in the address. "Family budgets will be squeezed even tighter. Disposable income will shrink.  And many jobs will be destroyed."

WATCH Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, deliver this week's GOP Address:

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NRSC Insists They Are ‘Well Positioned’ to Win Senate Majority 

Ann Heisenfelt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) said Tuesday that despite the retirement of Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine), Republicans remain “well-positioned to win back a Senate majority in November.”

“Maine has a proud history of electing independent leaders, including a Republican governor in 2010, and while this will be a key battleground in the fall, I am confident it will remain in Republican hands,” Cornyn said.

The full statement from the NRSC chairman reads:

“Olympia Snowe has served her beloved state of Maine, and our country, with strong principles and great distinction for many years. As both a friend and a colleague, she will be missed, and I wish both her and her husband Jock all the best as they embark on the next chapter in careers dedicated to public service.

"While I would never underestimate the fight ahead in defending any open Senate seat, Republicans remain well-positioned to win back a Senate majority in November. Maine has a proud history of electing independent leaders, including a Republican Governor in 2010, and while this will be a key battleground in the fall, I am confident it will remain in Republican hands.”

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GOP Senator: Republicans Deserve Credit for Jobs Growth

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Some Republicans reacted Friday to the good jobs news by blaming Democrats for the fact that the unemployment rate is still too high.

As Speaker of the House John Boehner put it Friday morning, “Washington needs to do more to end the uncertainty plaguing job creators.”

“Even with this good news, far too many people remain out of work,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, had a different approach, lauding the job growth and saying that Republicans deserve credit for it because the growth trend has accelerated since Congress extended the Bush tax cuts in December in a deal Republicans struck with the White House.

“Since Republicans convinced our colleagues across the aisle not to raise taxes,” Cornyn said in a written statement, “America has added nearly 650,000 jobs and the unemployment rate has dropped from 9.4 percent to 8.8 percent.”

Cornyn also added the economy still needs to improve.

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Cornyn Says Americans Choices Already Making a Difference in Washington

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Americans' choices have already "changed the terms of the debate [sic] in Washington."  With the election of 13 new Republican Senators and 63 Republicans more to serve in Congress, Cornyn praised his party for recent accomplishments he says, "showed the American people that [Republicans] got the message.

Cornyn called attention to the massive tax hike that was set to take place on New Year's Day, that he says Republicans prevented by hatching an agreement with the White House.  Late Thursday night, the much debated bipartisan tax agreement was passed by the House of Representatives and signed Friday afternoon by the president, locking in the Bush-era tax cuts for everyone for two more years and extending unemployment benefits for the next 13 months.

"Our agreement keeps marginal tax rates low, preserves the $1,000 per child tax credit, extends relief from the marriage penalty, blocks higher taxes on capital gains and dividends, protects at least 21 million additional families from the Alternative Minimum Tax and reduces the sting of the 'death tax' on families and business," Sen. Cornyn said in the address.

Cornyn praised voters, saying that the agreement was made possible after Americans "gave Republicans much more leverage at the negotiating table."

"Our leverage forced the White House to abandon its 'class-warfare' rhetoric; stop pandering to the President's left-wing base and do the right thing for American taxpayers and job creators."

Not only could Republicans take credit for preventing the Jan. 1 tax increase, according to Cornyn, but he said Republicans delivered "tidings of comfort and joy" this week by standing up to Democrats pushing a $1.3 trillion omnibus bill filled with earmarks.  Cornyn took issue with Democrats in favor of the omnibus bill Wednesday in a press conference calling the 2,000 page appropriations bill "an outrage."  

Cornyn concluded the address thanking the millions of Americans he says made their voices heard via various social media channels to "strengthen the resolve of the Republican Caucus."

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Earmark Hypocrisy? GOP Leaders Grilled on Spending

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and John Thune, R-S.D., held a press conference Wednesday to rip the Democrats' new 1,924-page, $1.1-trillion omnibus bill for containing $8 billion worth of earmarks.

"The bill is loaded up with pork projects, and it shouldn't get a vote," Thune said.

"I think this is an outrage," railed Cornyn.

But Thune and Cornyn have tens of millions of dollars for their own earmarks in the bill, including Thune's request for $8 million for B-1 bomber fleet maintenance and Cornyn's request for $1.6 million for the Texas Army National Guard Counter-Drug Task Force.

"How do you have any credibility on this?" ABC's Jon Karl asked.

"Because we're going to vote against the bill," said Cornyn. "This is the wrong way to do business."

"Senator, were you wrong when you put these earmarks in before?," Karl asked.

"Karl, this is not just about earmarks," said Cornyn. "Earmarks are a symptom of wasteful Washington spending that the American people have said they want reformed. We agree with them, and that's why we will vote against this bill. But you're missing the story if you think it's just about earmarks. This is about a flawed process of sweetheart deals cut behind closed doors, and a big bill, a spending bill, dropped on the American people and on us on December the 14th, without adequate time to amend it and debate it and to reveal to the American people what is in it so they can cast their judgment."

"So I think -- I think that's to me the context. And we've said very clearly -- we voted for an earmark moratorium. We will abide by that, and we will reject any earmarks requested by us or anyone else, because that's what the American people told us they want."

"Is that an acknowledgement that what you did was wrong, to include the earmarks in the first place?," Karl said.

"I think you've asked the question about five times, and I've tried to answer it to the best of my ability," Cornyn responded.

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Texas Republican Says Senate Probably Out of Reach in 2010

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John Cornyn, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, says that Republicans taking the Senate is probably out of reach.

"I'm not predicting we will get the majority this cycle; I think it's probably going to take two cycles," he said Sunday on ABC's This Week with Christiane Amanpour.

"But there certainly is a potential there, depending on how high and how broad this wave election is."

Asked about bipartisanship, Cornyn dodged the question, saying, "What we need to be focusing on is jobs, spending and debt."

When pressed about the potential of gridlock in Congress, Cornyn said, "I don't think gridlock is going to be acceptable, when it comes to runaway spending and unsustainable debt and 9.6 percent unemployment.”

"The administration and Democrats, who have been in charge now in the House and Senate for four years and in the White House for two years, don't want to seem to accept any responsibility," he said. "I think that's what this election is about."

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