Senator John Cornyn said today that a partial government shutdown may be the only way to secure the country’s long-term economic future.

In an article published in the Houston Chronicle, Cornyn takes aim at the Obama administration’s handling of the fiscal cliff, accusing the president of “purposefully slow-walking the process in a shameless attempt to score cheap political points.”

Cornyn, who is the Senate Minority Whip and a member of the Senate Finance committee, voted in favor of the last minute deal to extend billions of dollars in across-the-board spending cuts.  He said while the bill wasn’t perfect, it was necessary to support a measure that would make the Bush-era tax cuts permanent for most Texans.  Now, he is looking ahead to the impending battle over the debt ceiling.  In his op-ed, Cornyn said:

“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. President Obama needs to take note of this reality and put forward a plan to avoid it immediately.”

Cornyn isn’t the first Republican to suggest that a partial government shutdown might be necessary.  Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomney defended his vote on MSNBC’s Morning Joe saying, “We Republicans need to be willing to tolerate a temporary, partial government shutdown.”