Senate will not be in recess next week if government is still closed: Mitch McConnell
United States Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday the Senate would not close for a planned recess if the partial government shutdown stretches into next week.

The partial government shutdown is on its 25th day and has become the longest shutdown in U.S. history.

Reporting by David Morgan; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by David Alexander