Senator McConnell open to supporting bill making shutdowns more difficult
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 majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he would support bipartisan legislation to make government shutdowns more difficult as federal agencies returned to work after a partial shutdown that spanned more than a month.

“I’m certainly open to it,” McConnell told reporters.

Reporting by Amanda Becker and Makini Brice; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Leslie Adler